Adele Goodman Clark
Richmond is known as progressive, but a tad patrician. Artist-activist Adele Goodman Clark and her two companions – first Nora Houston and later Willoughby Ions – were partly responsible for that reputation. Clark helped establish the Equal Suffrage League, Virginia’s voice for women’s voting rights. Later she and Houston registered black women voters and focused on social reform. The pair also created the forerunner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and trained Theresa Pollak, who established Virginia Commonwealth University’s acclaimed School of the Arts.
Image: Virginia Museum of History and Culture