Virginia African American Cultural Resources Task Force

On May 17, 2017, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed HB 2296 directing Virginia Humanities to organize a statewide task force that would work to better identify and promote Virginia’s African American historical sites and cultural heritage resources.  The bill was patroned by Delegate Delores McQuinn and unanimously passed by the General Assembly.

Through the Virginia African American Cultural Resources Task Force, Virginia Humanities is partnering with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Preservation Virginia, and stakeholders across the state and country to:

  1. Assess student and public knowledge of African American history,
  2. Better document and promote Virginia’s African American historical sites, and
  3. Compile and share educational and preservation resources.

Support This Work

Contact Justin Reid at [email protected] or (434) 243-5528, or Give Now.

Task Force Members

Legislative Members

Delegate Delores McQuinn, Chair
Delegate Buddy Fowler
Senator Mamie Locke
Senator Jennifer McClellan

Ex Officio

Dr. Matthew Gibson
Virginia Humanities

Adele Johnson, Dr. Monroe Harris (Representative)
Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia

Julie Langan, Stephanie Williams (Representative)
Virginia Department of Historic Resources


Audrey Davis
Alexandria Black History Museum

Dr. Paula Gentius
Virginia Commonwealth University

Cainan Townsend
Moton Museum

Dr. Corey Walker
Virginia Union University


Dr. Elizabeth Chew
James Madison’s Montpelier

Brett Glymph
Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Dr. Lauranett Lee
University of Richmond

Dr. Lynn Rainville
Sweet Briar College


Peter Hedlund
Encyclopedia Virginia, Virginia Humanities

Sue Perdue
Virginia Humanities

Justin Reid
Virginia Humanities

Justin Sarafin
Preservation Virginia