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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 first met for religious services under seven poplar…

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 work following the Civil War, purchasing former…

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 educate newly freed slaves. Such was the case in 1867…

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, cabinetmakers, and coach makers. Others worked in…

Historical Significance The town of Smithfield, first colonized in 1634, is located on the Pagan River near Jamestown. Known to the Nottoway people as "Warascoyack" or Warrosquoyacke", meaning "point of land", the area was renamed "Isle of Wight…

Historical Significance The town of Waterford, Virginia was a place of refuge for African Americans for over 200 years. Waterford was founded in the 1730's by Northern Abolitionist Quakers who were soon outnumbered in the community by other…

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AfroVirginia is home to Virginia's Black cultural heritage preservation movement. Formerly the African American Historic Sites Database, this cultural resources guide is curated by Virginia Humanities, with support from the General Assembly African American Cultural Resources (AACR) Task Force, American Evolution™ 2019 Commemoration, Richard S. Reynolds Foundation, and TowneBank. To suggest sites, resources or edits, please contact us. Read more About Us