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 […]

Black History Museum Honors Changemakers

“A dazzling sashed gold gown holds court in the center of an upstairs gallery in the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia. A second dress, another concert garment owned by contralto Marian Anderson, swathes a headless burgundy velvet mannequin in long layers of dark fabric bejeweled with sequined flora. Look at them long […]

To Age is to Live

The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia offers a series of health-related community conversations in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Partners in Prayer & Prevention. This month you are invited to talk about aging which is a journey is not one to be feared, but one to be embraced.  […]

BHMVA Screens Documentary about Church Shootings and Forgiveness

Remember this headline? “Churchgoers Gunned Down During Prayer Service”  National headlines blazed the story after a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in South Carolina, nine African Americans lay dead, leaving their families and the nation to grapple with this senseless act of terror. Featuring intimate interviews with survivors and […]

The Art of Freedom Extended

We are pleased to announce that The Art of Freedom exhibition has been extended to June 1! The exhibition explores freedom through the eyes of 38 Virginia artists and is a must see!  There are many ways to convey the meaning of freedom.  We believe “The Art of Freedom” offers original perspectives, intellectual stimulation, and personal enjoyment. […]