African American History

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Officials in Richmond have announced a new funding commitment for an ambitious and long-envisioned memorial campus in the city's former slave-trading district, Shockoe Bottom.


During the Jim Crow era, when public schools in Virginia refused to educate African Americans, a prominent black educator – Booker T. Washington -- joined a northern philanthropist -- Julius Rosenwald -- to help build more than 5,000 schools in 15 southern states. 

In Virginia’s Cumberland County – west of Richmond – a rural community called Pine Grove provided land, money and labor for one so-called Rosenwald school that is now threatened by plans for a massive garbage dump.

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Thursday Virginia’s Governor honored two powerhouse African-American lawyers, men whose work laid the foundation for the Civil Rights Movement. 

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This year in Richmond there are 23 African American lawmakers serving in the General Assembly. While that number is the largest in recent history, it isn’t record-breaking. 


Here’s a look at the story of black lawmakers in Virginia, and how the Legislative Black Caucus plans to continue their legacy.


The state’s new Commission on African American History Education met today in Charlottesville, and Governor Ralph Northam was on hand to support its members.