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Two NM women set to be featured on historic markers

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By The Staff

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will unveil historic markers honoring Pojoaque Pueblo matriarch Feliciana Viarrial and the first black osteopath, Dr. Meta Christy, as part of the New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative.

Christy's marker, outside the courthouse and museum in Las Vegas, will be unveiled Friday.

She was the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's first black graduate in 1921. She moved to Las Vegas, where she ran a clinic in her home. The American Osteopathic Association recognizes her as the first black osteopath in the U.S.

The ceremony for Viarrial's marker is planned June 11 off U.S. 84 at the pueblo's O' Eating House.

It honors the mother of longtime pueblo Gov. Jacob Viarrial as a founder of modern Pojoaque and a matriarch of the community as it revitalized its culture.