Published June 11, 2020

This webinar, recorded June 19 2020, is presented by the Virginia African American Cultural Resources (VAACR) Task Force.

It features VAACR Task Force founding chair and Virginia Delegate Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond); Dr. Colita Nichols Fairfax, chair of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, Norfolk State University professor, and president of the Barrett-Peake Heritage Foundation in Hampton; and Niya Bates, historic preservationist and board member of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville.

Justin Reid, Director of Community Initiatives at Virginia Humanities moderates the discussion.

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About the Virginia African American Cultural Resources Task Force

The VAACR Task Force is a Virginia Humanities advisory coalition that champions inclusive learning, community development, and economic opportunities through Black cultural landscape preservation in Virginia. The task force was unanimously established by the General Assembly in 2017, and publicly launched in August 2018 at Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton. In addition to the General Assembly and Virginia Humanities, it includes Preservation Virginia, Virginia Africana Associates, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Virginia Outdoors Foundation, and Virginia Tourism Corporation, as well as representatives from Virginia’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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