23758
Virginia

African Americans in Virginia: The First 400 Years

Honor the enslaved, soldiers and Civil Rights heroes as you learn about four centuries of African American history that are stitched into the fabric of the state capital.
Program No. 23758RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,199

At a Glance

Centuries of American history echo through Virginia as 2019 marks 400 years since the first Africans landed on Old Point Comfort. Learn about the places where black Americans both famous and unrenowned lived, worked and, as Union soldiers, fought. Walk through Church Hill, the Richmond neighborhood where Maggie Walker, the first black female banker in the U.S., was born and where Doug Wilder, the first African American governor of Virginia, grew up. Travel to Hampton to see the oldest African-American museum and the beach once reserved for blacks. Reflect on the place of the Arthur Ashe monument on an avenue of monuments, and pass by the courts where the tennis star and activist began his career. Honor the enslaved, soldiers and Civil Rights heroes as you learn about the challenges and joys of the black community that are stitched into the fabric of the state capital.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Walking up to one mile, standing at museums.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the American Civil War Museum, newly opening in May 2019, to learn about African American participation in the war.
  • Learn from a Park Ranger at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site about how Maggie, born in 1865, bridged the gap between emancipation and entrepreneurship.
  • Visit the oldest plantation in Virginia to learn how enslaved Africans lived, and discover how old burying grounds are being reclaimed.
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