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Democracy Living History Representative Government Virginia to America We are Engaged

Virginia Delegate Mark Cole, 88th District

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Virginians have a right to be proud. The seeds of our nation were planted in 1619 with the first House of Burgesses.

Editor’s note: Want to learn more about the foundations of our democracy and the establishment of the General Assembly, the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World? Visit The Great Charter and the General Assembly: Founding a Legacy in 1619 exhibition today.


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  1. AE Curator February 26, 2019

    Thank you for sharing your story! It must be a humbling honor to serve in the footsteps of those who planted the seeds for American democracy.


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