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