African American Historic Sites Database

A project by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

The African American Historic Sites Database is an interactive guide to hundreds of African American historic sites across Virginia. This easy to use interface, brought to you by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, makes it simple and fun to get the facts on the history hidden all around you. Each point on the map includes historical information about the site. Find interesting people, places, and events in Virginia’s history.

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Historical Significance Established in 1886, Zion Poplars Baptist Church is one of the oldest independent African American congregations in Gloucester County. Oral tradition holds that the founders…

Historical Significance The African-American community at Zenda, originally called Athens, formed around 1880 in the Linville Creek District of Rockingham County. Freed slaves stayed in the area to…

Historical Significance In 1865, following the Civil War, the Freedmen's Bureau joined with numerous Northern church and civic leaders to successfully encourage teachers to travel to the South to…

Historical Significance In what was once known as the colony's capital, Williamsburg, Virginia, enslaved individuals worked as artisans: carpenters, joiners, coppers, masons, blacksmiths, shoemakers,…