Grace Tinsley

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[[[Grace Tinsley]] was the first African-American woman to serve on the Charlottesville City School Board. She was also the first nurse to work at Charlottesville High School and the City of Charlottesville representative on the Piedmont Virginia Community College board of directors.[1]

In the 1990s, Tinsley worked with Virginia Delegate Mitch Van Yahres to bring a public defender's office to Charlottesville, and helped to establish a community advisory committee for the office. [2]

Tinsley was a member of the the inaugural class of "bridge builders" in the Charlottesville Community whose names are inscribed on the Drewary Brown Memorial Bridge.[3]

Tinsley was a leader of the City's Democratic Party. After her death in 2006, the Party created a scholarship for seniors at Charlottesville High School. More than 30 students have received Grace Tinsley Scholarships.[4] [5]

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  1. Web. Event honors work of Tinsley scholarship, Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 30, 2010, retrieved January 27, 2017.
  2. Web. "Working With the Community, for the Community", Toby Fey, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 1998, retrieved January 24, 2017.
  3. Web. Community Bridge Builders Nomination Form, Charlottesville Human Rights Commission, City of Charlottesville, Charlottesville, 2016, retrieved January 24, 2017.
  4. Web. Grace Tinsley Scholarship, The Charlottesville Democratic Party, retrieved January 27, 2017.
  5. Web. Scholarship fundraiser honors late Charlottesville education leader, Josh Mandell, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 13, 2017, retrieved December 26, 2017.


  1. Web. HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 5141: Celebrating the life of Grace Tinsley, General Assembly, Virginia Legislative Information System, September 28 2006, retrieved January 19 2017.

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