The Cape Charles Elementary Rosenwald School, ca 1929
Building a Community: The Cape Charles Elementary Rosenwald School
The Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center has a new exhibition opening May 12th. “Building a Community: The Cape Charles Elementary (Rosenwald) School” tells the story of African American education across the rural south during the period of legal segregation, through the local lens of the Cape Charles Elementary School. The exhibition is on view […]
Volunteers at Early House
Honoring Sacred Ground
Over the past year, volunteers have recorded numerous African-American burial sites across Louisa County, many marked only with field stones. We invite you to join us as we remember and honor the lives and burial sites we have mapped and those whose resting places may never be known. Dr. Lauranett Lee, Virginia Humanities Board Member […]
Dyvonne King (left) and Jahonna Scott (right) recording an original song about the Unsung Heroes of Historic Brookland Park.
Using a process known as “Transformative Language Arts” local youth gather oral histories and bring them to life using creative writing, storytelling, songwriting, and dramatic performance.
Frances Latimer in the archives at the Northampton County Courthouse, where she did much of her research.
Announcing Latimer Fund for Grants Exploring African American Life in Virginia
George A. and Frances Bibbins Latimer Fund will support grants exploring African American life and achievement in Virginia
Floyd County WWII Era Film Premiere
All-day film premiere of student films from the Floyd County High School oral history project, Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. “From the Front Porch to the Front Lines,” a DVD set produced by the Floyd Story Center at the Old Church Gallery, Ltd., features stories of Floyd County residents who came of […]
"The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia"
The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia
Join us on Wednesday, February 28 from 6:00 – 8:00pm for a special screening of a new documentary on a Richmond culinary legend: “The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia.” A capstone to Black History Month, this event will celebrate the long tradition of African American culinary excellence and entrepreneurship in Richmond and beyond. In addition […]
Branded Head by Hank Willis Thomas. © Hank Willis Thomas
Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection
The Taubman Museum of Art will present “Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection”, featuring more than one hundred works from various media highlighting the global migration of peoples across the world. The exhibiting artists create work that investigates the universal conversation of migration, history, race, and representation in art being made today. […]
The story of Dorothy Logan and other Virginia members of The United Order of the Tents, the oldest black women’s organization in the U.S., will be shared in an upcoming documentary film project by Ocean Ana Rising, Inc. Photo by Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich.
Virginia Humanities Announces Eleven New Grants
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces $55,500 in recent grants to eleven nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.
Film screening: “The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia”
John Dabney was a giant of 19th-century Richmond. Born enslaved, Dabney was hired-out to bars and restaurants — and managed to save enough from tips to purchase the freedom of his wife and child when they were threatened to be sold away. He earned a reputation for elaborate “Hail-Storm” mint juleps and terrapin stew. Dabney […]
Women sang and danced with their comparsa during Los Picaflores carnival party in Arlington, Virginia on February 20, 2016. Photo by Carey Averbook.
Only the Bridge Matters Now
Solo el Puente Cuenta Ya
By David Bearinger Virginia is home to the largest Bolivian community in the U.S. and one of the largest Bolivian communities in the world, outside of Bolivia itself. An estimated 150,000 Bolivians live in Annandale, Springfield, Arlington, and Falls Church. Many of them are from the region known as Valle Alto (literally High Valley), a […]