African American Programs

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is committed to uncovering and sharing the complexity and richness of Virginia’s African-American history while creating opportunities for Virginians to explore this richness and complexity for themselves.  Our guiding assumption is that African-American history is not separate from the mainstream Virginia story.  It is integral and essential to any fruitful understanding of life in the Commonwealth.  Our goal is to create and then disseminate the most layered and diverse “portrait” of the Virginia narrative that we can in the hope that this offering adds depth, context, texture and truth to our shared sense of history and living in the Commonwealth.

Historic Sites Database

Evans Hotel

The database is an online, searchable resource for finding historic sites closely identified with the experience of African Americans in Virginia.

Virginia Africana

Virginia Africana Network Advisory Council

The Network of Museum, History, And Preservation Professionals

Griot Apprenticeships

Photo of Elvatrice Belsches and Marcus James by Pat Jarrett

The Griot Apprenticeship pairs a Griot (community historian or tradition bearer) with a local apprentice, scholar and student for a 12-month period.

Think Historically, Act Locally

Reynolds Homestead

Think Historically, Act Locally seeks to revive an interest in local and state history by establishing connections between educators and Virginia’s African American historic sites.

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Civil Rights Photo Gallery

Norfolk State University unveils historic photographs of the Civil Rights movement in Norfolk, Virginia.

Slavery Confronted

Join historian Donald A. DeBats for a presentation of a digital initiative that integrates the narrative of slavery and individual slaves into mid-19th century commercial city, Alexandria, VA.