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

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

- Seven organizations in Virginia receive funding ranging from $25,000 to

- Grant to Library of Virginia will expand "Unknown No Longer" online database
of slave names

- Two grants will help mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation

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RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 13, 2013

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

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

  oThe 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.
  oThe 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 150^th anniversary of the
    Emancipation Proclamation and the 50^th 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:

  oThe 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.
  oThe 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 20^th century. The home was also a
    retreat for African American leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr.
  oThe 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

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
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