Virginia Black Cultural Preservation Summit


Aug. 11 – Hampton

African American Heritage

Dr. Keith L. Magee speaks at the 2014 Virginia Africana conference
Dr. Keith L. Magee speaks at the 2014 Virginia Africana conference

Fort Monroe Theater

42 Tidball Road Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA

In May 2017 then governor Terry McAulliffe signed HB 2296, calling for a task force to “identify the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia and determine ways to preserve the history for educational and cultural purposes.” After a year of outreach to statewide preservation experts and community stakeholders, the African American Cultural Resources Task Force is inviting the public to a free event exploring preservation efforts in Virginia.

The summit is co-hosted by Virginia Humanities, the Department of Historic Resources, Preservation Virginia, and Virginia Africana Associates.

Brent Leggs, director of the National Trust’s newly-launched $25 million African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, will deliver remarks.

Additional speakers include:

  • Delegate Delores McQuinn
  • Senator Mamie Locke
  • Niya Bates, public historian of slavery & African American life at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
  • Jim Hare, director of the Survey & Register Division at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources
  • Lauranett Lee, public historian and professor at the University of Richmond
  • Chardé Reid, College of William & Mary Anthropology PhD student and Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologist
  • Justin Reid, director of African American Programs at Virginia Humanities
  • Justin Sarafin, director of Preservation Initiatives & Engagement at Preservation Virginia
  • Hannah Scruggs, public historian of African American history at James Madison’s Montpelier

This is event is free and open to the public. Casual attire.