This exhibition explores the lives of free Black Virginians from the arrival of the first captive Africans in 1619 to the abolition of slavery in 1865. Through powerful objects and first-person accounts, visitors will discover how Virginia’s people of color achieved their freedom, fought for their civil rights, and persevered within a legal system that recognized them as free but not equal.
June 14, 2025 - July 05, 2026
City of Richmond
Virginia Museum of History & Culture 428 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard Richmond, VA 23220