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