Exploring: African American Heritage

Virginia Africana Conference


African American Heritage Programs

Virginia Africana: The Network of Museum, History and Preservation Professionals will host its statewide meeting and annual conference, “Funding in the Black,” on Friday November 1, 2013 at the Lyceum Museum in Alexandria, VA.

Continue Reading »

The Right To Love

Grey Villet Lovings on Porch

Congratulations to all involved in the creation, production, and broadcast of “The Loving Story,” which has received three Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Documentary, Outstanding Historical Programming, and Outstanding Editing.

Continue Reading »

Jazz and Civil Rights


With Good Reason

Antonio Garcia says that the personal and professional lives of musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane cannot be divorced from the struggle for racial equality.

Listen Now »

What makes a hero?

community conversation

African American Heritage Programs

As our nation celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, The Remembering Project hosts a Community Conversation on the ways enslaved African Americans fought for their freedom. On August 2, Karen Hughes White will introduce us to the lives of enslaved people in Fauquier County during the 18th and 19th centuries, who resisted the […]

More Information »

Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va., 1963


African American Heritage Programs

A new documentary exhibit of the 1963 Danville civil rights movement through the perspectives of ten participants opens July 1 and runs through July 31 at the Danville Public Library. Portraits by Charlottesville photographer Tom Cogill, accompanied by text panels by Emma Edmunds, project director, examine the movement, the people, and the stories from Danville […]

More Information »

The Griot Apprenticeship


African American Heritage Programs

African American histories throughout the Commonwealth are being lost because the tradition-bearer is often the sole source of local knowledge. When the person who carries this knowledge dies, these larger cultural understandings are lost.

Continue Reading »