Dominion Virginia Power Announces $400,000 In Donations To Support Diversity Initiatives

Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:00am EST

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- Seven organizations in Virginia receive funding ranging from $25,000 to
RICHMOND, Va.,  Feb. 13, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Virginia Power today
announced grants totaling  $400,000  from The Dominion Foundation to support
historical programs and to expand programs that better prepare minority students
for success.

"Dominion is pleased to support these programs because they are of tremendous
benefit to their local communities," said  Paul D. Koonce, chief executive
officer of Dominion Virginia Power.  "Black History Month is a particularly
noteworthy time to honor and support the contributions these organizations make
to the cultural and educational life of Virginia."

"Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names"
Dominion has awarded  $100,000  to help the  Library of Virginia  partner with
the Virginia Historical Society to expand the online database, "Unknown No
Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names." Through a prior grant from
Dominion, the Virginia Historical Society launched the online database in 
September 2011  with about 1,500 names of enslaved people in the database.  It
now has the names of about 9,000 enslaved people and about 1,200 slave owners. 
Through the latest grant, the Library of Virginia will add its collection of
Chancery Records pertaining to more than 43,000 enslaved people. The expansion
will provide countless citizens with information to research their ancestors and
family history.  

Jefferson School Foundation in  Charlottesville
Dominion has awarded  $150,000  to the  Jefferson School Foundation  in 
Charlottesville  to support renovations to its auditorium, part of the African
American Heritage Center. The multi-purpose auditorium will house the permanent,
interactive exhibit,  Pride Overcomes Prejudice,  which describes the role the
historic  Jefferson School  played in civil rights, locally and nationally.

Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
Dominion awarded two grants to support programs marking the 150th  anniversary
of the Emancipation Proclamation:

* The  Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Commission  of the Virginia
General Assembly received  $50,000  to support the commonwealth's programs
commemorating the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.   
* The Northern Virginia Urban League  is partnering with the Alexandria
Convention and Visitors Authority to launch a year of celebratory events at the
Freedom House Museum to mark the 150th  anniversary of the Emancipation
Proclamation and the 50th  anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington. 
Dominion is supporting the project with a grant of  $25,000.  The Freedom House
Museum, formerly the headquarters of  Franklin, Armfield and Company, which
housed the largest domestic slave trading in the country, now provides exhibits
and educational programs.

Educational Grants
Dominion also awarded  $25,000  to each of the following organizations:

* The Crispus Attucks Cultural Center  (CACC) in  Norfolk  to provide
comprehensive tutoring to help students master Virginia's standardized tests in
reading/language arts and mathematics. The grant is to reinstitute an academic
enrichment program that had been suspended for lack of funds. In 2012, RISE!
(Rhythm in Setting Expectations) was one of 12 after-school programs across the
country to receive a Presidential award, honoring programs that enhance creative
learning, improve academic scores and graduation rates, teach life skills and
develop positive relationships between peers and adults. The CACC is the
expansion of a historical theatre named in honor of  Crispus Attucks, an African
American who was the first patriot to lose his life in the Revolutionary War.   
* The Gloucester Institute  for its "Emerging Leaders Program" to train African
American and Latino college student leaders next summer to develop skills in
writing, financial literacy and personal branding.  The Institute's  Holly Knoll
 was once the home of  Robert Russa Moton, a prominent black educator in the
early 20th  century.  The home was also a retreat for African American leaders,
including  Martin Luther King Jr.
* The Robert Russa Moton Museum  in  Farmville  to capture oral histories of 
Prince Edward County  students and families who played an important role in
moving America from segregation toward integration.  These oral histories will
serve as primary source materials for educators, students and researchers.  The
museum is in the former Moton High School, where a student-led strike over
inferior "separate but equal" education led to the U.S. Supreme Court landmark
decision in 1954 requiring equal education for all.

Dominion  Virginia Power  is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the
nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of
approximately 27,400 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates one of the
nation's largest natural gas storage systems and serves retail energy customers
in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website

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