11 historic markers make their debut

Richmond, Virginia (AP) 4-08

Eleven new highway markers that point out events, people and places significant to Virginia’s history will soon join more than 2,000 roadside narratives already in place.

Included in the markers one will recognize a historic Native site, the Hampton Indian Program, which began at Hampton Institute in 1878, with U.S. government-recruited American Indian students, who were admitted to the program in an attempt to “civilize” them. About 1,388 students participated in the program, which ended in 1923, according to the state Department of Historic Resources.

The Historic Resources Board of the Department of Historic Resources approved the 11 markers during its quarterly board meeting in late March.

The Virginia Department of Transportation installs and maintains most of the 2,000-plus official state markers.

On the Net:

Department of Historic Resources at http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/