December 11, 2013
Former City Manager Vola Lawson, shown earlier this year with U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, died Dec. 10 at the age of 79.
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Former City Manager was a trailblazer for women, minorities.
In the midst of the turbulent race relations of the 1960s, a proper Southern Belle from Atlanta joined the Urban League in picketing Alexandria's City Hall, where the Confederate flag still flew proudly above Market Square. Little did the young bride know just how much her courage and leadership would help shape the next five decades of the city's history.