HR118: Celebrating the life of Emma Carrington Edmunds.


Offered February 25, 2020
Celebrating the life of Emma Carrington Edmunds.
Patron-- Edmunds

WHEREAS, Emma Carrington Edmunds, a respected journalist and historian who preserved the history of the Civil Rights movement in Southside Virginia, died on February 9, 2020; and

WHEREAS, a native of Richmond, Emma “Em” Edmunds graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and pursued a career in journalism, working for the Atlanta Constitution and Atlanta Magazine in Atlanta, Georgia; and

WHEREAS, Em Edmunds returned to the Commonwealth and established History Matters in Halifax to showcase the history of Southside Virginia, with a particular focus on the region’s role in the Civil Rights movement; and

WHEREAS, over the course of 15 years, Em Edmunds researched and developed the exhibit “Mapping Local Knowledge from 1945–1975, which has been on permanent display in the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History since 2010 and has become the most visited exhibit in the museum’s history; and

WHEREAS, Em Edmunds also worked at the University of Virginia and History United and was an active member of the Halifax community after her well-earned retirement; and

WHEREAS, Em Edmunds enjoyed fellowship and worship with the congregation of Saint John’s Episcopal Church, where she served as a member of the vestry; and

WHEREAS, Em Edmunds will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by her sisters, Lavinia and Anne, and numerous other family members and friends; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Delegates hereby note with great sadness the loss of Emma Carrington Edmunds; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Emma Carrington Edmunds as an expression of the House of Delegates’ respect for her memory.