Women have played important parts in Virginia's history but have not always been recognized for their achievements. Each year, the Library of Virginia recognizes eight notable women through the Virginia Women in History program and exhibition.
Fredericksburg resident Gaye Adegbalola is a 2018 honoree for her contributions to education, civil rights, and music. Adegbalola has received numerous awards in recognition of her passions, including:
- Virginia's 1982 Teacher of the Year
- 1990 Annual Blues Award for best song for "Middle-Aged Blues Boogie" with Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women
- Equality Virginia’s 2011 Outstanding Virginian
Adegbalola will be leading off the 33rd Annual Music on the Steps series with a performance at 7:00 on Monday, June 4, at Fredericksburg Branch.