Historical Significance The predecessor to Wiley Hall (located on the Emory & Henry College campus) was called "The College" and served as a hospital for black Union soldiers, all members of the segregated 5th United States Cavalry, who were…

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 Opened in 1995, the Watson Reading Room is a non-circulating research library of African-American history and culture. It is named in honor of Charles and Laura Watson, African Americans who amassed large landholdings in…

Historical Significance The museum documents the history of watermen in the Chesapeake Bay region, including the experience of African American watermen. Physical Description No Physical Description Available. Geographical and Contact…

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…

Historical Significance The Warren Street Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Warren Street in Rocky Mount. The Society began with the vision of the late Eleanor G. Woods and continues…

Historical Significance In 1890, Steven and Carolina Warren purchased land at the current intersection of Warren Street and West Court Street in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Out of this purchase grew the historic African-American settlement of Warren…

Historical Significance Waller and Company Jewelers, a family owned and operated business in continuous operation in downtown Richmond, Virginia for over 100 years, was founded by Marcellus Carrington Waller, known as "M.C," in 1900. M.C. Waller…

Historical Significance Also known as the Governor's Mansion, the Executive Mansion was home to the state's first black governor in 1990, Governor Lawrence Douglas Wilder. Governor Wilder was elected the first black governor in the US since…