Maggie Lena Walker

Maggie L. Walker (1864-1934) DJ Name: Now Walker It Out Maggie L. Walker was born with no money in the bank, and perhaps that’s what inspired her to open up her own bank, the very first woman of any race to helm such a financial institution. As a Black woman in ye olde Virginia, MaggieContinue reading “Maggie Lena Walker”

Claudius Crozet

Claudius Crozet (December 31, 1789 – January 29, 1864) DJ Name: DJ Crazy Crozet These two Virginia gals have so much fun writing about old timey Virginians, they decided to throw another one into the Historic Shuffle mix. This lad lived in the Commonwealth many moons ago, blasting not only his favorite tunes but alsoContinue reading “Claudius Crozet”

William Steig

William Steig (1907-2003) DJ Name: Ol’ Billy Boi Partly because Yom Kippur (the holiest day for Jewish people) is today, and partly because we just love a good cartoon, this week’s Shuffler is Jewish author and illustrator William Steig, whose name you might not recognize at first but we guarantee you you’re familiar with hisContinue reading “William Steig”

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee (1897-1966) DJ Name: Maybe It’s Mabel Lee A century plus one year ago, women finally got the right to vote. Or as this week’s Historic Shuffler, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, said, “democracy was extended to women.” Specifically, democracy was extended to white American women, but Mabel, who was a Chinese immigrant, became anContinue reading “Mabel Ping-Hua Lee”

Gertrude Benham

Gertrude Benham (1867 – 1938) DJ Name: Ben(d and snap)ham  Before Emmy left Virginia, she wanted to cross one thing off her bucket list: hike Old Rag, a big beautiful peak amid the Blue Ridge Mountains. She enlisted Camille to join her on her journey, and the two set off up Old Rag with Bodo’sContinue reading “Gertrude Benham”

Emma Rowena Gatewood

Emma Rowena Gatewood (1887-1973) DJ Name: Grammy the G  One fateful day, Emma Gatewood told her eleven children that she was going for a walk. What they didn’t know was that this so-called “walk” was the start to Emma’s solo adventure and eventual completion of the entire Appalachian Trail. Spanning roughly 2,190 miles from GeorgiaContinue reading “Emma Rowena Gatewood”

Stormé DeLarverie

Stormé DeLarverie (1920-2014) DJ Name: Stormé Skies And on the third week of Pride month, Historic Shuffle is turning to a legendary figure who may or may not have thrown the first punch at the Stonewall Riots on the night of June 27, 1969. That legen-wait for it-dary figure is none other than Stormé DeLarverie,Continue reading “Stormé DeLarverie”

Amaza Lee Meredith

Amaza Lee Meredith (1895-1984) DJ Name: Amazing Lee  We’re back again this week with another story to continue the celebration of Pride Month! Amaza Lee Meredith AKA DJ Amazing Lee was an architect, educator, artist and Spotify stan from Virginia (oh hey home state of Emmy and Camille!) who established the art department at whatContinue reading “Amaza Lee Meredith”