Paradox Exhibition/NBC12

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is getting ready to release its newest exhibit, “Paradox of Liberty: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello” to the public on Jan. 18th. It explores the lives of slaves who lived and worked at Monticello, some of whom shared Jefferson’s blood. Currently, Richmond is the […]

Paradox Exhibition, NBC12 Editorial

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.” I think you know who wrote those words, yes it was Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson also said that, “slavery was an abominable crime”. Starting on Jan. 18, you can see the exhibition “Paradox of Liberty: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello” […]

Paradox Exhibition, Richmond Magazine

“It’s hard to talk about Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello without focusing on Thomas Jefferson. But, with “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty,” the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia is going to try. ‘This exhibition isn’t about Jefferson. It’s about the enslaved people who built and maintained Monticello,’ says Adele Johnson, the executive […]

Paradox Exhibition, Boomer Magazine

Third president of the United States, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and acclaimed Founding Father of our country, Thomas Jefferson is among the most celebrated figures in American history. But Adele Johnson, executive director at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, points out, “Jefferson was indeed a great man, but part […]

Making a Difference, Mary Lauderdale

“When Mary Lauderdale moved to Richmond in 1995, it was the first time in her life when she didn’t have a job. At 35, she was starting over. She started volunteering at the Black History Museum, where she did everything from stuff envelopes to lead tours. After a year or two, the director came to […]

BHMVA Storyteller in Editor, Adele Johnson

“After living for 15 years in Brandermill, a planned community in Chesterfield County, Adele Johnson and her husband, Billy Cooper, were ready for a change. “He’s a city guy,” Johnson says of Cooper, a Richmond native. So, a year ago, the couple left their lake view behind and moved to one of Richmond’s newest semi-urban […]

13 Year Old Author Fights Cancer

Maya Smith is a self proclaimed Warrior Princess. When she was only 11, her life took an unimaginable turn when she was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare childhood brain tumor. For the past two years, she has been fighting for her life like a true warrior and serving as an inspiration to many others. Despite […]

BHMVA Announces New Format for Freedom Fridays

Freedom Fridays are really FREE, yes FREE.  FREE admission and FREE entertainment.  Enjoy live jazz programmed by Richmond Jazz Society featuring some of the area’s most popular artists with up-and-coming young lions making a name on the Jazz scene. Friday’s guest artist is Michael Hawkins, one of Virginia’s premier bassists, who has toured the US […]

Banking on Freedom

Before terms like financial planning and financial literacy were common, there were Black women who knew that a key to being free was being financially free. Join us for a book signing and panel discussion on the history of Black women in finance.The career of Richmond’s legendary banker Maggie L.Walker will be featured heavily in the discussion which […]