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Events honoring Lee-Jackson Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:15 am

Friday is Lee-Jackson Day, a state holiday that honors the birthdays of Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

On Monday, the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which honors the slain civil rights leader.

Virginia is the only state to observe both days. Below is a roundup of events taking place this weekend to commemorate these historic leaders.


Annual Lee-Jackson Symposium & Dance

Celebrate the military and personal lives of two noteworthy citizens of Lexington: Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

When: The symposium will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and the dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Holiday Inn Express, Lexington

Cost: Symposium, free; dance, $10 in advance or $15 door



Lee-Jackson Day Ceremonies

A wreath-laying ceremony, military salute and parade in honor of Lee and Jackson’s military service.

When: 10:30 a.m.

Where: Downtown Lexington

Cost: Free



Lea Morris: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lea Morris, a Washington D.C. singer and songwriter, will perform her uplifting blend of gospel, jazz, country and R&B music, characterized as contemporary soul-folk. Morris has released seven full-length albums and has been nominated for multiple awards by the Washington Area Music Association.

When: 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Colket Center Cavern, Roanoke College

Cost: Free

Contact: 375-2099


NAACP Martin Luther King Celebration

The Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County Branch of the NAACP will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration with speaker Larry Bechtel.

When: 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Where: Schaeffer Memorial Baptist Church, Christiansburg

Cost: Free

Contact: 382-6751


17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Roanoke Alumni Chapter of North Carolina A&T State University present this breakfast buffet with speaker and North Carolina State Senator Gladys A. Robinson. Tickets must be purchased by today.

When: 8 to 10 a.m.

Where: Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke

Cost: Adults, $30; youth 4 to 11, $10; children 3 and younger, free

Contact: 362-9468

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day march

The Roanoke chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is organizing a march that will begin at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge in downtown Roanoke. After a short program, the group will march to First Baptist Church.

When: 3 p.m.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge, Henry Street, Roanoke.

More details: 400-2459.


Stonewall Jackson Birthday Celebration

A celebration of Stonewall Jackson’s birthday with cake, ice cream and free tours at the only home he ever owned.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Stonewall Jackson House Museum, 8 E. Washington St., Lexington

Cost: Free

Contact: 464-7704

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