Historical Significance For more than 100 years, the Valentine Museum has collected, preserved, and interpreted the materials of the life and history of Richmond, Virginia. Major changing exhibitions at the Valentine focus on American urban and…

Historical Significance The Robert Robinson Library was the first public library built exclusively for African Americans in Alexandria. It was built in 1940 as a way of forestalling integration of the existing library on Queen Street, built just…

Historical Significance In 1878, Judge J.D. Coles tried to use his authority to exclude blacks from serving as grand and petit jurors in the Pittsylvania County courthouse. Judge Coles was arrested and charged with a violation of the Civil Rights…

Historical Significance Meadow Farm is a plantation associated with the slave insurrection planned for August 30, 1800 by an enslaved blacksmith named Gabriel. On that day, Tom and Pharaoh, two enslaved men on the Meadow Farm, entered the office of…

Historical Significance A National Register of Historic Places site and a Virginia Historic Landmark, Maymont is significant as an intact, ornamental estate representing the architecture, decorative arts, and landscape design typical of America's…

Historical Significance The Legacy Project was established in 1993 under the auspices of the Lynchburg NAACP and two years later was incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In 1997, Legacy bought a two-story Victorian house…

Historical Significance J. Thomas Newsome (1869-1942), raised in Sussex County, was one of Newport News' most respected black civic leaders. Newsome attended Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institution (now Virginia State University), graduating in…

Historical Significance Four enslaved men belonging to tavern owner Paul Thilman participated in Gabriel's Slave Rebellion of 1800. Led by an enslaved blacksmith, over one thousand men attempted to attack the armory in Richmond to arm themselves and…

Historical Significance Avoca, originally called Green Level by the property's original owner, Colonel Charles Lynch (1736-1796), is part of a land grant given to Colonel Lynch's father by King George III in 1740. Colonel Charles Lynch was a planter…