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“So Pious an Institution”: Slavery, Religion, Education, and Virginia’s Bray Schools

Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2012 Public historian and colonial scholar Nicole Brown will lead this virtual lecture on the Williamsburg Bray School, established in September 1760 as the first official endeavor in Virginia to provide education for enslaved and free African Americans. The event is free, but participants are encourage to register on Eventbrite.

Saving St. John School and the Rosenwald School Legacy (Virtual Event)

From 1912 to 1932, a collaboration between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald resulted in more than 5,300 schools constructed for rural African Americans in the South. St. John Rosenwald School was erected in 1923 in Cobham, northeast of Charlottesville, where local Black children were educated until 1954. Join Rebecca Kinney, St. John School alumna, […]

“Life Inside a Slave Dwelling: Making a House a Home” (Virtual Lecture)

A panel of historians will lead an online discussion about the interior spaces, features, and finishes of slave houses. While the building exterior itself can be a reflection of what the enslaver chose to build, the interior shows how the enslaved made it their home. The discussion will explore the types of spaces and conditions […]

“Matinee with Miss Maggie” Virtual Program

For Black History Month, the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site will host its popular “Matinee with Miss Maggie” program on February 19, 2022. This year, the program will be held virtually due to the pandemic. The film, Imitation of Life, will begin at 1 p.m. followed by a discussion. This online event is free […]

“The Dixie 3” Film Premiere Week at Hampton History Museum

The Hampton History Museum in Hampton, Va., is hosting a free, week-long showing of the film, “The Dixie 3: A Story on Civil Rights in Nursing,” from February 21-27. Produced and directed by local filmmaker, Denetra Hampton, the 35-minute film is based on the landmark civil rights case surrounding the events that occurred at Dixie […]

“Plantation Histories and the University” at Virginia Tech

A panel of speakers will lead "Plantation Histories and the University: Rethinking the Past During Virginia Tech's 150th," a webinar to discuss the intertwined histories of the Virginia Tech campus, including Solitude and Smithfield plantations—and how those histories are being reimagined ahead of the university's 150th anniversary. This event is sponsored by the Virginia Tech […]

Service Day at Hickory Hill Slave and African American Cemetery

DHR will convene a day of cleanup and beautification at Hickory Hill Slave and African American Cemetery in Ashland of Hanover County on Feb 23, 2022. For more information, please contact Joanna Wilson-Green at To learn more about the cemetery, please visit the Virginia Landmarks Register Online.

Transcribe-A-Thon: “Virginia Untold” Collection (Virtual Event for DHR Staff Only)

DHR will host a virtual transcribe-a-thon in partnership with the Library of Virginia on March 23, 2022, to document pre-Civil War–era records that detail the lives of African Americans in Virginia. The Library's African American Narrative project aims to encourage conversation and engagement around the records of the "Virginia Untold" collection, providing opportunities for a […]

Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Filipinos in the U.S. Navy KV-36

Marker text: Filipinos, who had served in the U.S. Navy as early as the Civil War, began enlisting in larger numbers after the U.S. took possession of the Philippines following the Spanish-American War. The Philippines gained independence in 1946, and an agreement negotiated the next year allowed the U.S. Navy to recruit Filipino nationals. Over […]

Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Emanuel Quivers V-56

Berkeley Plantation 12602 Harrison Landing Rd, Charles City

Marker text: Emanuel Quivers (1814-1879) Emanuel Quivers was born into slavery on Berkeley Plantation to Jonathan and Sarah Quivers. Trained as a blacksmith, in 1845 Quivers became an enslaved wage earner at the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond. There he learned the closely guarded puddling technique for manufacturing high-grade iron, rising to supervise a large […]

Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Susie G. Gibson High School

Gibson HS Marker Location 816 Burks Hill Rd., Bedford

Susie G. Gibson High School Susie G. Gibson (1878-1949), teacher and community activist, was Bedford County’s supervisor of African American education for 22 years. Her work was sponsored by the Jeanes Fund, established by Anna T. Jeanes in 1907 to enhance opportunities for black students in the rural South. Susie G. Gibson High School, named […]

Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Silver Lake Historic District D-62

Silver Lake Mill 2328 Silver Lake Rd., Dayton, VA

Silver Lake Historic District English American settler Daniel Harrison owned hundreds of acres in this area in the mid-18th century, and Presbyterians built Cooks Creek Church near here ca. 1750. German Baptist Brethren began moving to the Shenandoah Valley from Maryland and Pennsylvania at midcentury, arriving here by 1790. Brethren church member John J. Rife […]

Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground

Shockoe HIll African Burial Ground Marker Location 1305 N. 5th St., RIchmond

Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground The City of Richmond opened the Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground here in 1816 to replace the Burial Ground for Negroes in Shockoe Bottom. The new cemetery, laid out along the northern end of Fifth Street near the city’s poorhouse, began as two adjoining one-acre plots, one for free people […]

Quarterly Meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources & State Review Board

Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center at Sweet Briar College 450 Sweet Briar Drive, Sweet Briar, VA

This joint quarterly public meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the State Review Board will convene at Rooms A&B of the Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center of Sweet Briar College. Meeting will be broadcast via WebEx. To attend virtually, register using the links below:   Morning Joint Meeting of the Board […]

Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Josiah Holbrook (1788-1854)

Josiah Holbrook Marker Dedication Parking 27 9th St., Lynchburg, VA

Josiah Holbrook (1788-1854) Q-6-62 Marker Text: Near this spot, scientist, educator, and founder of the American Lyceum movement Josiah Holbrook accidentally fell to his death while studying rocks and minerals along the bluffs of Blackwater Creek during a research trip through Virginia. Holbrook, a Connecticut native and graduate of Yale, was nationally known for popularizing […]

Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Lylburn Downing School

Lylburn Downing School Marker Location 302 Diamond St., Lexington

Lylburn Downing School Lylburn Downing School opened here in 1927 after the Home and School League, an organization of local Black parents and citizens, campaigned for equitable schools. Built with financial support from the Black community, Rockbridge County, and the Rosenwald Fund, the countywide school first served grades 1-9 and expanded to include a high […]

Historical Highway Marker Dedication: East End High School U-43

East End High School Marker Location 365 Dockery Rd., South Hill

East End High School East End High School opened near this location in Sept. 1953 to serve African American students during the segregation era. Mecklenburg County built the school with a grant from the Battle Fund, established under Gov. John S. Battle as Virginia’s first program for providing direct aid to localities for school construction. […]