41. Delegate Delores L. McQuinn 

The Defenders would surely disagree, as would the Virginia chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, but insiders credit Delegate Delores L. McQuinn, D-Richmond, with marshalling the political will needed to preserve the African Burial Ground in Shockoe Bottom. The former city councilwoman may not have much clout in the statehouse yet, but she’s made sure the Richmond Slave Trail Commission moves forward — if not as quickly as many people would like.

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