Like the Jackson Ward neighborhood that surrounds it, the Leigh Street Armory is a survivor. It has survived abandonment, fire, and decades of neglect in order to serve all Virginians and their visitors in its new role as the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Imagine the pride and satisfaction that Richmond luminaries like banker Maggie Walker and publisher John Mitchell Jr. would feel again crossing the threshold into the old brick walls. Their astonishment at what was going on inside would be complete. The energy and pride, the art and performances, state-of-the-art exhibits and state-wide outreach ensure that the Leigh Street Armory is the home of the Black History Museum – Richmond’s and Virginia’s primary center for black history and culture.