Franklin County, a largely rural county at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, was formed from Bedford and Henry Counties in 1785. The county is named for Benjamin Franklin. Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early was born in the county in 1816 and practiced law here. Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), African American leader and educator, was born a slave here in 1856. His achievements as an educator allowed him to be selected to establish a school for blacks in Alabama that became Tuskegee University. Rocky Mount is the county seat.
Geographic Location: Henry County
Physical Description of Location: Snow Creek, VA 24112. Located on Figsboro Road, 0.5 miles east of the junction of Figsboro Road and Muddy Fork Road. Marker is on the left when traveling east on Figsboro Road.
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