The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is changing its operations, in order to focus all our efforts on our move to the Leigh Street Armory. After April 6, 2013, the Black History Museum will no longer be able to accept walk-in visitors, nor will it conduct tours.
“This is all part of the evolution of the Museum in order to better serve the interests of the community,” said Maureen Elgersman Lee, the BlackHistoryMuseum’s executive director. “We have listened to our members, donors, and friends, and we are excited about becoming a more vibrant, engaging, and accessible institution. With our new facility on West Leigh Street, we will have even more space for exhibitions, programming and community meetings. We will return to the community as the Commonwealth’s premiere center for African-American history and culture.”
The Museum expects renovations to be complete in late 2014, with a grand opening in February 2015.
Click here to see the WRIC8 feature by anchor Ava-Joye Burnett on the Black History Museum and its plans to renovate and relocate to the Leigh Street Armory. You can support the project by using the DONATE button to make your secure, tax-deductible contribution. Please note “Armory Funds” in the memo line. THANK YOU FOR Y OUR SUPPORT!
Emancipation Day Parade, Richmond, VA. Courtesy Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries
January 1, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation. Marking this historic occasion, Stacy L. Burrs and Roice Luke, two members of the Black History Museum’s Board of Directors, penned this Op Ed for the Richmond Times Dispatch. It asks and answers the question, “Is the Emancipation Proclamation a significant national symbol?”
Click on the link below to read the article.
To read the Op Ed on the Armory, click on the link below.