Girl Scout Homecoming 2014
Celebrating the Pursuit of Equality & Over 100 Years For Girl Scouting in Virginia
Ceremony Commemorating the South's First African Americal Girl Scout "Troop"
The first African-American Girl Scout troop in the South was formed in Richmond. And it met on the campus of Virginia Union University. A historical marker commemorating history-making Girl Scout Troop 34 was unveiled September 20th. The marker was approved by the Virginia Department of Historical and commemorates “the first African American Girl Scout troop in the South,” which began meeting in 1932 on the campus. The Richmond troop was started by sponsors Lena Watson, Janie Jones and Mary Virginia Binga just 20 years after the Girl Scout organization was founded in 1912 in Savannah, Ga.
“The Richmond Girl Scouts served as a model for other southern localities as the Girl Scout organization moved toward integration,” according to the marker. The marker is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Viola O. Baskerville, executive director of the sponsoring scouting council, called the event “very important for establishing where the model for increasing the participation of African-American women and girls in Girl Scouting began.”
Girl Scouts Archive Exhibit
"Breaking Ground: The Founding of the First Girl Scout Troop for African-American Girls in the South" was an exhibit at Virginia Union University culled from VCU Libraries vast collection of Girl Scouting materials. The exhibit included images and artifacts illustrating the history of African- American troops in Central Virginia prior to desegregation, from the founding troop in 1932 through the early 1960s.
Service of Worship
To honor yesterday's Girl Scouts who also met at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1932, today's Girl Scouts attended a service of worship September 21st. Girl Scouts served as greeters for this special service and afterwards were guests of honor during a reception.
Service Project: East End Cemetery Clean-Up
Girl Scouts earned a special patch for important work to help clear the burial sites of many once-prominent African-American Richmonders. Participants were able to tour the cemetery complex and visit the grave of the notable Mrs. Maggie L. Walker, who was instrumental in establishing Troop 34.