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Black History Museum

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If you’re interested in black history, then you’re in luck. There’s a whole museum dedicated to it in Virginia. You’ll be filled to the max with black history information. The black history museum is situated in the historically black district of Richmond. It showcases classic African artifacts, African-American artists’ contributions, black peoples’ history, and it focuses on the history of the black people in Virginia too There are permanent exhiits there, but there are also a lot of other programs, events, and special exhibitions.

The Museum was founded in 1981, and in 1991, it was opened to the public. The house that it was built in was constructed in 1832, and it uses both the Greek Revival and Federal architectural styles. The house was purchased in 1922 by the first African-American, female bank president, with the Council of Colored Women. Ten years later, it became the black part of the local public library, and it was named after Rosa Bowser, the first African-American school teacher in the city.

The museum is dedicated to being a permanent storehouse for written, oral, and visual records of the accomplishments and lives of African-Americans in Virginia. The idea is to become a resource that’s statewide for the various black history celebrations, discussions, and exhibitions. The museum collects art and photographs, prints, limited editions, and documents for its archives program. There is such a scarcity of written records on the African-American experience, so this is a particularly valuable thing.

The museum also has a gift shop that has lots of items from craftsmen and authors that are based in Virginia. Current members of the museum can get up to 10% off.

The museum keeps expanding its collections and exhibitions, and it includes the preservation of oral traditions, African artifacts, and fine art objects too. There are renowned artists that are featured at the museum like P.H. Polk, John Biggers, and Sam Gillam. Furthermore, the museum has a collection of African textiles and artifacts from different ethnic groups all throughout Africa.

The museum wants to become the biggest repository for black memorabilia about businesses and people of the Historic Jackson Ward too, the black capitalism birthplace.

One of their past exhibits was Shackles, and it explored slavery and its impact. It was done in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond. Some of the organizations that sponsored it were Altria, Dominion, CultureWorks, and CapitalOne Bank.

Black History Museum and Cultural Center
00 E Clay St Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-780-9093
Website: http://www.blackhistorymuseum.org