On Friday, June 7, from 5:30-7:30pm, Virginia Humanities African American Programs will premiere Afro-Virginia: People, Place & Power during the First Fridays Art Opening at Studio IX Gallery & Listening Room (969 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville, VA). The month-long exhibition profiles several leaders behind Virginia’s African American historic preservation movement using photos, audio recordings, and Google Maps. It features the work of Virginia Humanities staff members Miranda Bennett and Peter Hedlund (Encyclopedia Virginia), Pat Jarrett (Virginia Folklife Program), and exhibition curator Justin Reid (African American Programs).
Virginia is home to the oldest African American communities in the nation. Yet of Virginia’s nearly 250,000 state-documented cultural and historic resources, only 1% reflect African American history. A growing statewide coalition of local grassroots organizers, heritage organizations, and government officials are working to redress this disparity. Afro-Virginiashares their successes, challenges and hopes for the future, and serves as a call to greater action.
PHOTOS FROM FOUNDERS DAY
THANK YOU ALL FOR A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM!
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO PAMELA JACKSON AND OUR YOUTH: INDIA MARTIN, TY MARTIN, KAMIRA MARTIN, SIMYA MARTIN, TERRENCE BLEDSOE, AND NATALYAH RUSH
Saturday, March 9, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
233 4th St NW, Charlottesville
Bring in old family photos from the 1880s to the 1950s for a free appraisal.
Learn how to preserve your photos (free archival materials provided).
Contribute your family stories to local history
Have a Holsinger style family portrait taken
View 500+ portraits of local African-Americans and learn more about Charlottesville area’s past through the photographs of the R.W. Holsinger/University Studio collection
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is located on the Second floor of the Jefferson School City Center. Its main entrance is on Commerce St, one-block north of West Main Street. It can also be entered from the City Center’s 4th Street entrance. Over 200 free parking spaces on 4th Street.
NAACP FOUNDER’S DAY CELEBRATION
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 at 4:00 PM
at the Zion Baptist Church,
1015 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville
GUEST PRESENTER – DELEGATE DELORES McQUINN
Saturday, February 23 from 7:00 to 10:30 PM
at The Center, 491 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville.
Celebrating the music of African-American Jazz Greats
Music by Michael Elswick and Company,
Featuring vocalist Nadine Michel