Wendell Scott

Like many of the early NASCAR drivers, Wendell Scott started out hauling moonshine in a souped up car he maintained himself. Scott was a clever entrepreneur, opening a taxi service in his native Danville, Virginia to shuttle the local residents around town by day, then using the cab under the cover of darkness to bring […]

Richmond 34

In February 1960, students attending Virginia Union University took direct action to combat racially motivated inequality. Inspired by a visit from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina, student activists brought the Civil Rights Movement to Richmond to confront local segregation. More than 200 students marched from Virginia Union University […]

Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Howard L. Baugh

The life-size statue was commissioned by the Howard Baugh Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. to recognize the many contributions and accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen. As a member of this elite group, Lt. Col. Howard L. Baugh of Petersburg, VA amassed an impressive service record which included being one of only 72 of the […]

Black History Timeline

The history of African Americans is traced from Before Common Era (BCE) to present day on a 35 foot multi-paneled, interactive timeline significant dates and historical events. The display features notable events including Anthony Johnson’s arrival to Virginia, Nat Turner’s Revolt, the walkout at Moton High School initiated by Barbara Johns, and the election of […]

Oliver W. Hill

Oliver W. Hill, born in Richmond Virginia, was a trailblazing civil rights activist, a veteran, and pioneering attorney. He was one of the leading lawyers in Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward, one of five suits that were consolidated into the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954). […]

Emancipation Oak

The Emancipation Oak is so named because it is the site of the first official reading in the South of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.The Emancipation Oak stands near the entrance of the Hampton University campus in Hampton, Virginia. The tree has weathered storms, survived winds, and sustained […]