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