Black Futures in Virginia Cultural Preservation

African American Heritage

Niya Bates, Director of African American History and Getting Word Oral History Project at Monticello, tries on an augmented reality headset. - Photo by Peter Hedlund, Virginia Humanities
Niya Bates, Director of African American History and Getting Word Oral History Project at Monticello, tries on an augmented reality headset. - Photo by Peter Hedlund, Virginia Humanities

Harrison B. Wilson Archives, Norfolk State University Library

700 Park Avenue Norfolk, VA 23504
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The Virginia General Assembly African American Cultural Resources (AACR) Task Force invites you to its first Black Futures in Virginia Cultural Preservation event.

The free public event will include an opening reception for the two-week pop-up exhibition, Afro-Virginia: People, Place and Power, and a panel discussion with some of the leading young voices in Virginia’s Black cultural preservation movement. This dynamic group of changemakers will imagine “historic justice and equity” and the decolonization of cultural heritage preservation in Virginia.

Panelists include:

  • Jobie Hill, Saving Slave Houses
  • Chardé Reid, William & Mary and Historic Jamestowne
  • Hannah Scruggs, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • Justin Reid (moderator), Virginia Humanities

The February 17 event is co-sponsored by TowneBank, Norfolk State University and Virginia Humanities and is the first in a series of launch events for the AACR Task Force’s Virginia Humanities HBCU (historically Black colleges and universities) Summer Fellows Program. The fellows program is funded by a grant from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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