Virginia is home to our nation’s oldest Black communities and over 400 years of African diasporic history. Yet of Virginia’s nearly 250,000 state-recorded historical sites, only 1% focus on the experiences of Black Americans.
“We have an obligation, as Virginians, as legislators, historians, and educators, to bring relevancy to the lives of those who sacrificed blood, sweat, and tears building the landscape of Virginia.”Delegate Delores McQuinn, Task Force Founding Chair
The Virginia African American Cultural Resources (VAACR) Task Force champions inclusive learning, community development, and economic opportunities through Black cultural landscapes preservation in Virginia.
With information and resource sharing, outreach, and education, we support the community-driven, people-centered movement to sustain Virginia’s Black cultural heritage places.
The VAACR Task Force was unanimously established by the General Assembly in 2017 as a Virginia Humanities advisory coalition, and publicly launched in August 2018 at Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton.
Our founding legislation calls for a bipartisan, statewide task force to help identify, promote and conserve Virginia’s Black cultural resources, especially places connected to Virginians born into slavery. The bill was introduced by Delegate Delores McQuinn, of Richmond, and signed into law by then Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Members & Advisors
The Task Force includes nonlegislative citizens appointed by the Governor, advisors, legislators, and state agency leaders. Meet the current members.
In addition to the General Assembly and Virginia Humanities, the Task Force is comprised of several statewide nonprofits and state agencies, including Preservation Virginia, Virginia Africana Associates, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Virginia Outdoors Foundation, and Virginia Tourism Corporation, as well as representatives from Virginia’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia.
Join the movement to preserve and promote Virginia’s Black historical sites and cultural resources.
“I believe we can get to the point where we can tell the entire story – the authentic truth. If we do that, generations to come will be more accepting of one another and willing to embrace the contributions of all.”Delegate Delores McQuinn, Task Force Founding Chair