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Feb 22

An interview with Sue Randolph

Posted on February 22, 2024 at 4:31 PM by Shelby Walker

Sue Randolph

Sue Randolph has served Hanover County residents in many ways. She was the first Black woman to join Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. She entered as a deputy in the Court Services Unit in 1978 and retired as captain in 2020. Her work ethic and leadership were instrumental in the development of the unit. 

Randolph is also part the Community Services Board and previously served as secretary. She is a mom to eight foster children and two sons of her own. 

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Feb 12

Hanover family ‘driven’ by ancestors to inspire youth

Posted on February 12, 2024 at 9:08 AM by Shelby Walker

Following his marriage to Sarah Shelton, Hanover County’s Patrick Henry lived on a 300-acre lot off Rural Point Road known as Pine Slash. Lucian Hunter Trail road signLittle did the man remembered as the “Voice of the Revolution” know another would begin right there on the property over 150 years later.

Pine Slash resident Lucian Hunter revolutionized school transportation for Black students across the country. The farmer and son of a slave purchased a bus in the early 1930s and arranged for three of his sons – Clarence, Earl and Chester – to drive students to school.

Before the Hunter family bus, Black students were forced to walk miles to school – from eastern Hanover to Ashland – if they had any dream of getting an education. This $50 purchase made Lucian the first person in Virginia to provide a bus for Black students.

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Jan 08

Mechanicsville brothers carry on five-generation family tradition of military service

Posted on January 8, 2024 at 9:05 AM by Shelby Walker

Brooks brothers Memorial Day 2023For five generations the Brooks family of Mechanicsville has served our country in the armed forces. The youngest includes six brothers — Frazier, Leon, Gary, GeRald, Avus and Eric. They are all military veterans following in the footsteps of their father Oscar and their forebears who came before him.

From the Virginia Army National Guard to the Air National Guard to the Air Force to the Army to the National Guard, the Brooks brothers have answered the call to service. Some served in combat in places like Vietnam, Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

All retired now, the five brothers who remain in Mechanicsville (Eric lives in Florida) recently shared stories around a table at First Union Baptist Church. 

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