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Historic African American Sites in Virginia

In recognition of Black History Month 2019, DHR launched this online catalog of sites in the Commonwealth listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places associated with African American history. The catalog 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. Published by the University of Virginia Press, that book contributed to the Carter G. Woodson Institute Series in Black Studies. Introducing the volume, series’ editor 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 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. Church Home for Aged, Infirm, and Disabled Colored People, 012-0126
  55. Cifax Rural Historic District, 009-0254
  56. Clermont, 021-0019
  57. Clifton Forge Residential Historic District, 105-5036
  58. Coan Baptist Church, 066-0086
  59. Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery, 100-0121-1085
  60. Cornland School, 131-0111
  61. Court Street Baptist Church, 118-0156
  62. Courtland School, 201-5005
  63. Daughters of Zion Cemetery, 104-5153
  64. Davis Chapel, 100-5015-0006
  65. Delevan Baptist Church, 104-0376
  66. Dewberry Hill, 041-5064
  67. Diamond Hill Baptist Church, 118-0060-0057
  68. Diamond Hill Historic District, 118-0060
  69. Doe Creek Farm, 035-0018
  70. Douglas School, 138-5002
  71. Douglass High School, 253-0070
  72. Douglass School, 102-5021
  73. Charles Richard Drew House, 000-0016
  74. Dry Bridge School, 120-5034
  75. East Hill Cemetery, 102-5028
  76. The East Suffolk School Complex, 133-5046
  77. Eastville Historic District, 214-0040
  78. Eckington School, 023-5041
  79. Edenetta, 028-0010
  80. Emmaus Baptist Church, 063-0011
  81. Fairmount School, 127-0308
  82. Fairview Cemetery, 204-5031
  83. Fayette Street Historic District, 120-5003
  84. James A. Fields House, 121-5004
  85. Fifeville and Tonsler Neighborhoods Historic District, 104-0213
  86. Fifth Street Historic District, 118-5318
  87. First African Baptist Church, 127-0167
  88. First Baptist Church, 122-0040
  89. First Baptist Church, 137-5071
  90. First Baptist Church, 117-0027-0063
  91. First Baptist Church, 144-0027-0167
  92. First Baptist Church, 128-0037
  93. First Baptist Church of Covington, 107-0039
  94. First Battalion Virginia Volunteers Armory, 127-5676
  95. First Calvary Baptist Church, 122-0073
  96. First Union School, 037-5016
  97. Floris Historic District, 029-5179
  98. Folly Castle Historic District, 123-0096
  99. Fort Monroe Historic District, 114-0002
  100. Fort Pocahontas, 018-5001
  101. Foster Site, 104-5140
  102. Four Stairs, 029-0106
  103. Fourth Baptist Church, 127-0318
  104. Franklin and Armfield Office, 100-0105
  105. Frying Pan Meetinghouse, 029-0015
  106. Gainsboro Historic District, 128-5762
  107. Gainsboro Library, 128-0256
  108. Governor's Mansion, 127-0057
  109. Harry W. Gray House, 000-0515
  110. Greenfield, 011-0026
  111. Greensville County Training School, 109-5001
  112. Greenway Rural Historic District, 021-0963
  113. Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District, 002-5075
  114. John Groom Elementary School, 301-5063
  115. Town of Halifax Court House Historic District, 230-5001
  116. Halifax Triangle & Downtown Commercial Historic District, 123-5494
  117. Hampton Institute, 114-0006
  118. Hampton National Guard Armory, 114-5001
  119. Harrison School, 128-0043
  120. Hayden High School, 145-5012
  121. Hayes Hall, 118-0059
  122. Edwin Bancroft and Mary Ellen Henderson House, 110-0221
  123. Henry Street Historic District, 128-5764
  124. Moses Hepburn Row Houses, 100-5015-0004
  125. Hill Grove School, 071-5187
  126. Historic and Architectural Resources of Hobson Village MPD, 133-5257
  127. Holbrook-Ross Street Historic District, 108-0180
  128. Holley Graded School, 066-0112
  129. Holly Knoll, 036-0134
  130. Charles B. Holt House, 104-5098
  131. Howard's Neck, 037-0100
  132. Howland Chapel School, 066-0110
  133. Hume Historic District, 030-5158
  134. Hyde Park, 067-0040
  135. Indian Jim's Cave, 041-0106
  136. Jackson Ward Historic District, 127-0237
  137. Jamestown National Historic Site, 047-0009
  138. Jefferson School and Carver Recreation Center, 104-5087
  139. Jefferson School, 105-0171
  140. Jericho School, 016-5014
  141. Armstead T. Johnson High School, 096-0113
  142. Dr. Albert Johnson House, 100-5015-0003
  143. Dr. Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court, 118-0225-0077
  144. Josephine City Historic District, 168-5029
  145. Josephine City School, 168-5027
  146. Kenwood, 036-0121
  147. King William Training School, 050-5010
  148. Lawrenceville Historic District, 251-5001
  149. Lee Memorial Park, 123-0083
  150. John Marshall’s Leeds Manor Rural Historic District, 030-5428
  151. Liberty Baptist Church, 016-0069
  152. Little England Chapel, 114-0040
  153. Lomax, 000-1148
  154. Long Marsh Run Rural Historic District, 021-0967
  155. Edgar A Long Building, 154-5008
  156. Longs Chapel, 082-5264
  157. Longwood, 002-0380
  158. Lovettsville Historic District, 255-5001
  159. Lylburn Downing School, 117-5002
  160. Lynchburg Hosiery Mill #1, 118-0126
  161. Madden's Tavern, 023-0029
  162. Manassas Industrial School For Colored Youth (Jennie Dean Memorial Site), 155-0010
  163. Mangohick Church, 050-0041
  164. Maple Springs, 023-0023
  165. Marshall Historic District, 030-5156
  166. Matthew Fontaine Maury School, 111-0009-0014
  167. Meadow Farm, 043-0031
  168. Mechanicsville Historic District, 108-5607
  169. The Medical Arts Building, 121-0223
  170. Middlebrook Historic District, 007-0236
  171. Millers Tavern Rural Historic District, 028-5030
  172. Millwood Colored School, 021-0192-0008
  173. Montgomery Hall Park, 132-5023
  174. Monticello, 002-0050
  175. Morgantown Historic District, 030-5322
  176. Robert Russa Moton Boyhood Home, 073-0030
  177. Robert Russa Moton High School, 144-0053
  178. Mount Moriah Baptist Church and Cemetery, 128-0234
  179. Mount Salem Baptist Meeting House, 078-0033
  180. Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 133-5249
  181. Mount Zion Baptist Church, 104-0181
  182. Mount Olive Methodist Episcopal Church, 053-0994
  183. Nansemond County Training School, 133-5065
  184. J. Thomas Newsome House, 121-0052
  185. Newtown Cemetery, 115-5129
  186. Newtown Historic District, 132-0034
  187. Norfolk Azalea Gardens, 122-1007
  188. Number 18 School, 030-0135
  189. Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery, 100-5339
  190. Oakwood-Chimborazo Historic District, 127-0821
  191. Odd Fellows Hall, 150-0087
  192. Odd Fellows Hall, 100-5015-0005
  193. Old Christiansburg Industrial Institute, 154-5004
  194. Old Providence (Halifax) Presbyterian Church, 041-0113
  195. Old Stone Church, 138-0019
  196. Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 009-0135
  197. Peabody Building of the Peabody-Williams School, 123-5019
  198. Penrose Historic District, 000-8823
  199. People's Memorial Cemetery, 123-5031-0001
  200. Petersburg National Battlefield, 123-0071
  201. Petersburg Trailways Bus Station, 123-5493
  202. Phoenix Bank of Nansemond, 133-0086
  203. Pierce Street Historic District, 118-5238
  204. Pitts Theatre, 204-5053
  205. Pittsylvania County Courthouse, 187-0007
  206. Pocahontas Island Historic District, 123-0114
  207. Poplar Lawn Historic District, 123-0094
  208. Port Republic Road Historic District, 136-5054
  209. Portsmouth Community Library, 124-5130
  210. Prestwould, 058-0045
  211. Prince William Forest Park Historic District, 076-0299
  212. Proffit Historic District, 002-5019
  213. Quantico Marine Corps Base Historic District, 287-0010
  214. Queen Street Baptist Church, 122-0165
  215. Quest End, 036-5047
  216. Racial Desegregation in Public Education in the United States MPD, 063-5036
  217. Virginia Randolph Cottage, 043-0043
  218. The Rectortown Historic District, 030-5155
  219. Ridge Street Historic District, 104-0025
  220. Roanoke City Health Center, 128-0049-1666
  221. Rock Run School, 044-5171
  222. Rockland Rural Historic District, 093-5058
  223. Rosemont, 072-0169
  224. Rosenwald Schools in Virginia MPD, 012-5041
  225. Salem School, 019-5121
  226. Scrabble School, 078-5107
  227. Seashore State Park, 134-0099
  228. George Lewis Seaton House, 100-5015-0007
  229. Second Union School, 037-5051
  230. Shady Grove School, 054-0099
  231. Shannon Cemetery, 035-5028
  232. Shiloh Baptist Church, 259-0162-0007
  233. Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), 111-0096
  234. Lucy F. Simms School, 115-5035
  235. Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 127-0472
  236. Skyline Drive Historic District, 069-0234
  237. Smith’s Pharmacy, 121-5066
  238. South Boston Historic District, 130-0006
  239. South Franklin Street Historic District, 154-0010
  240. Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District, 002-1832
  241. Speed the Plough, 005-0040
  242. Anne Spencer House, 118-0061
  243. St. John School, 002-1056
  244. St. John's African Methodist Episcopal Church, 122-0211
  245. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139-0008
  246. St. Luke Building, 127-0352
  247. St. Mary's Church, 122-0024
  248. Saint Paul's College, 251-0003
  249. St. Paul's School, 012-5010
  250. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 121-0032
  251. Stafford Training School, 089-0247
  252. Stanton Family Cemetery, 014-0052
  253. Stonega Historic District, 097-0042
  254. Stratford Junior High School, 000-9412
  255. Stuart Addition Historic District, 132-0036
  256. Town of Surry Historic District, 308-5001
  257. Switchback School, 008-5042
  258. Patrick Robert Sydnor Log Cabin, 058-5076
  259. Tangier Island Historic District, 309-0001
  260. Third Street Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 127-0274
  261. Fannie Thompson House, 007-0663
  262. Benjamin Tonsler House, 104-0233
  263. William H. Trusty House, 114-0108
  264. Truxtun Historic District, 124-0047
  265. Twelfth Street Industrial Historic District, 118-5498
  266. Twin Lakes State Park, 073-0070
  267. Robert Tynes House, 046-0002
  268. Union Church and Cemetery, 089-0067-0037
  269. United States Post Office and Court House, 115-0108
  270. Uptown/Parker-Gray Historic District, 100-0133
  271. Valley Railroad Bridge, 129-5023
  272. Vawter Hall and Old President's House, 020-5247
  273. Virginia Industrial Home School for Colored Girls, 042-0126
  274. Virginia Union University, 127-0354
  275. Virginia University of Lynchburg, 118-5297
  276. Walker-Grant School, 111-5006
  277. Maggie Walker House, 127-0275
  278. Maggie L. Walker High School, 127-0414
  279. T.C. Walker House, 036-5053
  280. Walters-Moshier House, 130-0006-0226
  281. Warm Springs and West Warm Springs Historic District, 008-5025
  282. Booker T. Washington National Monument, 033-0015
  283. Washington School, 078-5187
  284. Booker T. Washington High School, 132-5011
  285. John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church and Cemetery, 008-5030
  286. West Main Street Historic District, 104-0083
  287. West Point Cemetery, 122-5181
  288. West Point Historic District, 325-0002
  289. John T. West School, 122-1004
  290. Whitaker’s Mill Archaeological Complex, 099-5275
  291. White Plains, 048-0024
  292. Whittaker Memorial Hospital, 121-5072
  293. Williamsburg Historic District, 137-0050
  294. Woodlawn Cultural Landscape Historic District, 029-5181
  295. Woodville School, 036-5045
  296. Worsham High School, 073-5064
  297. Zion Poplars Baptist Church, 036-5001