Our Future on Leigh Street...

In order to focus our efforts on our move to the Leigh Street Armory, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is suspending regular operations.

The Museum staff will no longer accept walk-in visitors, nor will it conduct tours. We expect renovations to our new home at 122 W. Leigh Street to be complete in late 2015.

Please check our website and like us on facebook for periodic updates. We look forward to welcoming you in 2015!

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The future site of BHMCCV at the Leigh Street Armory

And Our Past


00 Clay Street

The Black History Museum on Clay Street

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia was founded in 1981 by Carroll Anderson, Sr. In 1991, the Museum was opened to the public at its present location, 00 Clay Street, in the historic Jackson Ward district of Richmond.

The house built in 1832 by German descendant Adolph Dill, incorporates both the Federal and Greek Revival architectural styles. Under the leadership of Maggie L. Walker, the country’s first female and Black bank president, the Council of Colored Women purchased the house in 1922. In 1932 it became the Black branch of the Richmond Public library and was named for Rosa D. Bowser, the first Black female school teacher in Richmond.

The Museum seeks to become a permanent repository for visual, oral and written records and artifacts commemorating the lives and accomplishments of Blacks in Virginia. Our goal is to become a statewide resource on the many facets of Black history through exhibitions, discussions and celebrations.

The Museum collects documents, limited editions, prints, art and photographs for use in its Black History Archives Program. This program will be of major significance because of the scarcity of written records on the Black experience.

Jackson Ward

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