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Historic African American Sites in Virginia

Launched in February (Black History Month) 2019, this online catalog of Commonwealth sites listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places associated with African American history will continue to grow as DHR adds new listings to both registers.

It is worth noting, the catalog below is an update and extension of DHR’s 1995 book publication Virginia Landmarks of Black History edited by esteemed architectural historian Calder Loth. Introducing the volume, scholar Armstead L. Robinson (1947-1995) wrote, “Virginia does indeed encompass this nation’s longest continuous experience of Afro-American life and culture.” An extension of that book, DHR’s online listing of “Historic African American Sites in Virginia” provides an “official catalog of the historic landmarks associated with that epic encounter,” as Robinson stated about the 1995 publication.

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Current Catalog:

  1. Aberdeen Gardens Historic District, 114-0146
  2. African American Heritage Resources of Alexandria MPD, 100-5015
  3. African-American Cemeteries in Petersburg, Virginia, 1818-1942 MPD, 123-5031
  4. Alexander Hill Baptist Church, 014-5054
  5. Alfred Street Baptist Church, 100-0049
  6. Almshouse Farm at Machipongo, 065-0053
  7. The Almshouse, 127-0353
  8. American Cigar Company, 122-0658
  9. Arcola Slave Quarters, 053-0984
  10. Armstrong Elementary School, 118-5320
  11. Ashville Historic District, 030-5323
  12. Attucks Theatre, 122-0074
  13. Augusta County Training School, 007-0755
  14. Azurest South, 020-5583
  15. Nathaniel Bacon School, 127-0833
  16. Baker Public School, 127-0877
  17. Benjamin Banneker: SW 9 Intermediate Boundary Stone, 000-0015
  18. Barrett-Chumney House, 004-5017
  19. Barton Heights Cemeteries, 127-5679
  20. Bedford Historic Meeting House, 141-0005
  21. Belgian Building, 127-0173
  22. Belmead, 072-0049
  23. Belmont, 087-0030
  24. Ben Venue, 078-0003
  25. Berry Hill, 041-0004
  26. Bethel AME Church and Dallard-Newman House Historic District, 115-5132
  27. Bethel Baptist Church, 020-0111
  28. Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church and Cemetery, 089-0360
  29. Beulah Baptist Church, 100-5015-0002
  30. Big Spring Baptist Church, 060-0435
  31. Blackwell Historic District, 127-5817
  32. Blandome, 117-0027-0127
  33. Brandon Plantation, 041-0157
  34. Brandon-on-the-Dan, 041-0302
  35. Bremo Recess & Lower Bremo (Bremo Historic District), 032-0002
  36. Bremo Slave Chapel, 032-0030
  37. Buckingham Training School, 208-5001
  38. Buena Vista Colored School, 103-5053
  39. Buffalo Presbyterian Church, 073-0028
  40. Ralph Bunche High School, 048-5007
  41. Jackson P. Burley High School, 104-5276-0064
  42. Burrell Memorial Hospital, 128-5863
  43. Butterwood Methodist Church and Butterwood Cemetery, 026-0111
  44. Pompey Callaway House, 060-0434
  45. Campbell County Training School, 015-5200
  46. Carillon Neighborhood Historic District, 127-6756
  47. Carter's Grove, 047-0001
  48. Carver Residential Historic District, 127-0822
  49. John B. Cary School, 127-0824
  50. Lott Cary Birth Site, 018-0061
  51. Cedar Grove, 058-0006
  52. Cedar Hill Cemetery, 133-5018
  53. Cedar Hill Church and Cemeteries, 081-5466
  54. Central State Hospital Chapel, 026-0123-0005
  55. Chapel Rural Historic District, 021-5025
  56. Chellowe, 014-0007
  57. Christ Church, 122-0004
  58. Church Home for Aged, Infirm, and Disabled Colored People, 012-0126
  59. Cifax Rural Historic District, 009-0254
  60. Clermont, 021-0019
  61. Clifton Forge Residential Historic District, 105-5036
  62. Coan Baptist Church, 066-0086
  63. Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery, 100-0121-1085
  64. Cornland School, 131-0111
  65. Court Street Baptist Church, 118-0156
  66. Courtland Historic District, 201-5001
  67. Courtland School, 201-5005
  68. Daughters of Zion Cemetery, 104-5153
  69. Davis Chapel, 100-5015-0006
  70. Delevan Baptist Church, 104-0376
  71. Dewberry Hill, 041-5064
  72. Diamond Hill Baptist Church, 118-0060-0057
  73. Diamond Hill Historic District, 118-0060
  74. J. Eugene Diggs Residence, 122-5971
  75. Doctors Building, 108-5703
  76. Doe Creek Farm, 035-0018
  77. Douglas School, 138-5002
  78. Douglass High School, 253-0070
  79. Douglass School, 102-5021
  80. Charles Richard Drew House, 000-0016
  81. Dry Bridge School, 120-5034
  82. East Hill Cemetery, 102-5028
  83. East Suffolk School Complex, 133-5046
  84. Eastville Historic District, 214-0040
  85. Eckington School, 023-5041
  86. Edenetta, 028-0010
  87. Emmaus Baptist Church, 063-0011
  88. Fairmount School, 127-0308
  89. Fairview Cemetery, 204-5031
  90. Farmville Historic District, 144-0027
  91. Fayette Street Historic District, 120-5003
  92. James A. Fields House, 121-5004
  93. Fifeville and Tonsler Neighborhoods Historic District, 104-0213
  94. Fifth Street Historic District, 118-5318
  95. First African Baptist Church, 127-0167
  96. First Baptist Church, 128-0037
  97. First Baptist Church, 122-0040
  98. First Baptist Church, 137-5071
  99. First Baptist Church, 117-0027-0063
  100. First Baptist Church, 144-0027-0167
  101. First Baptist Church of Covington, 107-0039
  102. First Battalion Virginia Volunteers Armory, 127-5676
  103. First Calvary Baptist Church, 122-0073
  104. First Union School, 037-5016
  105. Floris Historic District, 029-5179
  106. Folly Castle Historic District, 123-0096
  107. Fort Monroe, 114-0002
  108. Fort Pocahontas, 018-5001
  109. Foster Site, 104-5140
  110. Four Stairs, 029-0106
  111. Fourth Baptist Church, 127-0318
  112. Franklin and Armfield Office, 100-0105
  113. Frying Pan Meetinghouse, 029-0015
  114. Gainsboro Historic District, 128-5762
  115. Gainsboro Library, 128-0256
  116. Governor's Mansion, 127-0057
  117. Harry W. Gray House, 000-0515
  118. Greenfield, 011-0026
  119. Greensville County Training School, 109-5001
  120. Greenway Rural Historic District, 021-0963
  121. Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District, 002-5075
  122. John Groom Elementary School, 301-5063
  123. Town of Halifax Court House Historic District, 230-5001
  124. Halifax Triangle & Downtown Commercial Historic District, 123-5494
  125. Hampton Institute, 114-0006
  126. Hampton National Guard Armory, 114-5001
  127. Harrison School, 128-0043
  128. Hayden High School, 145-5012
  129. Hayes Hall, 118-0059
  130. Edwin Bancroft and Mary Ellen Henderson House, 110-0221
  131. Henry Street Historic District, 128-5764
  132. Moses Hepburn Row Houses, 100-5015-0004
  133. Hickory Hill Slave and African American Cemetery, 042-5792
  134. Hill Grove School, 071-5187
  135. Historic and Architectural Resources of Hobson Village MPD, 133-5257
  136. Holbrook-Ross Street Historic District, 108-0180
  137. Holley Graded School, 066-0112
  138. Holly Knoll, 036-0134
  139. Charles B. Holt House, 104-5098
  140. Howard's Neck, 037-0100
  141. Howland Chapel School, 066-0110
  142. Hume Historic District, 030-5158
  143. Hyde Park, 067-0040
  144. Jackson Blacksmith Shop, 037-0163
  145. Jackson Ward Historic District, 127-0237
  146. Jamestown National Historic Site, 047-0009
  147. Jefferson School, 105-0171
  148. Jefferson School and Carver Recreation Center, 104-5087
  149. Jericho School, 016-5014
  150. Armstead T. Johnson High School, 096-0113
  151. Dr. Albert Johnson House, 100-5015-0003
  152. Dr. Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court, 118-0225-0077
  153. Josephine City Historic District, 168-5029
  154. Josephine City School, 168-5027
  155. Kenwood, 036-0121
  156. King William Training School, 050-5010
  157. Lawrenceville Historic District, 251-5001
  158. Lee Memorial Park, 123-0083
  159. John Marshall’s Leeds Manor Rural Historic District, 030-5428
  160. Liberty Baptist Church, 016-0069
  161. Little England Chapel, 114-0040
  162. Lomax African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 000-1148
  163. Long Marsh Run Rural Historic District, 021-0967
  164. Edgar A Long Building, 154-5008
  165. Longs Chapel, 082-5264
  166. Longwood, 002-0380
  167. Lovettsville Historic District, 255-5001
  168. Lylburn Downing School, 117-5002
  169. Lynchburg Hosiery Mill #1, 118-0126
  170. Madden's Tavern, 023-0029
  171. Manassas Industrial School For Colored Youth (Jennie Dean Memorial Site), 155-0010
  172. Mangohick Church, 050-0041
  173. Maple Springs, 023-0023
  174. Marshall Historic District, 030-5156
  175. Matthew Fontaine Maury School, 111-0009-0014
  176. Meadow Farm, 043-0031
  177. Mechanicsville Historic District, 108-5607
  178. The Medical Arts Building, 121-0223
  179. Middlebrook Historic District, 007-0236
  180. Millers Tavern Rural Historic District, 028-5030
  181. Millwood Colored School, 021-0192-0008
  182. Montgomery Hall Park, 132-5023
  183. Monticello, 002-0050
  184. Morgantown Historic District, 030-5322
  185. Robert Russa Moton Boyhood Home, 073-0030
  186. Robert Russa Moton High School, 144-0053
  187. Mount Moriah Baptist Church and Cemetery, 128-0234
  188. Mount Salem Baptist Meeting House, 078-0033
  189. Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 133-5249
  190. Mount Zion Baptist Church, 104-0181
  191. Mount Olive Methodist Episcopal Church, 053-0994
  192. Nansemond County Training School, 133-5065
  193. J. Thomas Newsome House, 121-0052
  194. Newtown Cemetery, 115-5129
  195. Newtown Historic District, 132-0034
  196. Norfolk Azalea Gardens, 122-1007
  197. Norwood-Wingina Rural Historic District, 062-5135
  198. Number 18 School, 030-0135
  199. Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery, 100-5339
  200. Oakwood-Chimborazo Historic District, 127-0821
  201. Occupacia-Rappahannock Rural Historic District, 028-5084
  202. Odd Fellows Hall, 150-0087
  203. Odd Fellows Hall, 100-5015-0005
  204. Old Christiansburg Industrial Institute, 154-5004
  205. Old Providence (Halifax) Presbyterian Church, 041-0113
  206. Old Stone Church, 138-0019
  207. Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 009-0135
  208. Peabody Building of the Peabody-Williams School, 123-5019
  209. Penrose Historic District, 000-8823
  210. People's Memorial Cemetery, 123-5031-0001
  211. Petersburg National Battlefield, 123-0071
  212. Petersburg Trailways Bus Station, 123-5493
  213. Phoenix Bank of Nansemond, 133-0086
  214. Pierce Street Historic District, 118-5238
  215. Pine Grove Elementary School, 024-5082
  216. Pitts Theatre, 204-5053
  217. Pittsylvania County Courthouse, 187-0007
  218. Pocahontas Island Historic District, 123-0114
  219. Poplar Lawn Historic District, 123-0094
  220. Port Republic Road Historic District, 136-5054
  221. Port Royal Historic District Boundary Increase, 284-5017
  222. Portsmouth Community Library, 124-5130
  223. Prestwould, 058-0045
  224. Prince William Forest Park Historic District, 076-0299
  225. Proffit Historic District, 002-5019
  226. Quantico Marine Corps Base Historic District, 287-0010
  227. Queen Street Baptist Church, 122-0165
  228. Quest End, 036-5047
  229. Racial Desegregation in Public Education in the United States MPD, 063-5036
  230. Virginia Randolph Cottage, 043-0043
  231. The Rectortown Historic District, 030-5155
  232. Ridge Street Historic District, 104-0025
  233. River View Farm, 002-1229
  234. Roanoke City Health Center, 128-0049-1666
  235. Rock Run School, 044-5171
  236. Rockland Rural Historic District, 093-5058
  237. Rosemont, 072-0169
  238. Rosenwald Schools in Virginia MPD, 012-5041
  239. Salem School, 019-5121
  240. Saluda Historic District, 059-5124
  241. Schoolfield Historic District, 108-5065
  242. Scrabble School, 078-5107
  243. Seashore State Park, 134-0099
  244. George Lewis Seaton House, 100-5015-0007
  245. Second Union School, 037-5051
  246. Shady Grove School, 054-0099
  247. Shannon Cemetery, 035-5028
  248. Shiloh Baptist Church, 259-0162-0007
  249. Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), 111-0096
  250. Lucy F. Simms School, 115-5035
  251. Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 127-0472
  252. Skyline Drive Historic District, 069-0234
  253. Smith’s Pharmacy, 121-5066
  254. South Boston Historic District, 130-0006
  255. South Franklin Street Historic District, 154-0010
  256. Southside High School, 071-5820
  257. Southwest Historic District Boundary Increase, 128-6472
  258. Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District, 002-1832
  259. Speed the Plough, 005-0040
  260. Anne Spencer House, 118-0061
  261. St. John School, 002-1056
  262. St. John's African Methodist Episcopal Church, 122-0211
  263. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139-0008
  264. St. Luke Building, 127-0352
  265. St. Mary's Church, 122-0024
  266. Saint Paul's College, 251-0003
  267. St. Paul's School, 012-5010
  268. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 121-0032
  269. Stafford Training School, 089-0247
  270. Stanton Family Cemetery, 014-0052
  271. Stonega Historic District, 097-0042
  272. Stratford Junior High School, 000-9412
  273. Stuart Addition Historic District, 132-0036
  274. Town of Surry Historic District, 308-5001
  275. Switchback School, 008-5042
  276. Patrick Robert Sydnor Log Cabin, 058-5076
  277. T.C. Walker School, 008-5076
  278. Tangier Island Historic District, 309-0001
  279. Third Street Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 127-0274
  280. Fannie Thompson House, 007-0663
  281. Benjamin Tonsler House, 104-0233
  282. William H. Trusty House, 114-0108
  283. Truxtun Historic District, 124-0047
  284. Twelfth Street Industrial Historic District, 118-5498
  285. Twin Lakes State Park, 073-0070
  286. Robert Tynes House, 046-0002
  287. Union Church and Cemetery, 089-0067-0037
  288. United States Post Office and Court House, 115-0108
  289. Uptown/Parker-Gray Historic District, 100-0133
  290. Valley Railroad Bridge, 129-5023
  291. Vawter Hall and Old President's House, 020-5247
  292. Virginia Industrial Home School for Colored Girls, 042-0126
  293. Virginia Union University, 127-0354
  294. Virginia University of Lynchburg, 118-5297
  295. Walker-Grant School, 111-5006
  296. Maggie Walker House, 127-0275
  297. Maggie L. Walker High School, 127-0414
  298. T.C. Walker House, 036-5053
  299. Walters-Moshier House, 130-0006-0226
  300. Warm Springs and West Warm Springs Historic District, 008-5025
  301. Booker T. Washington National Monument, 033-0015
  302. Washington School, 078-5187
  303. Booker T. Washington High School, 132-5011
  304. George W. Watkins School, 063-5011
  305. John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church and Cemetery, 008-5030
  306. West Main Street Historic District, 104-0083
  307. West Point Cemetery, 122-5181
  308. West Point Historic District, 325-0002
  309. John T. West School, 122-1004
  310. Whitaker’s Mill Archaeological Complex, 099-5275
  311. White Plains, 048-0024
  312. Whittaker Memorial Hospital, 121-5072
  313. Williamsburg Historic District, 137-0050
  314. Willisville Historic District, 053-5116
  315. Woodlawn Cultural Landscape Historic District, 029-5181
  316. Woodville School, 036-5045
  317. Worsham High School, 073-5064
  318. Yellow Sulphur Springs, 060-0013
  319. Zion Poplars Baptist Church, 036-5001