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Black History Month in the Richmond Region Presents a Powerful Past and a Promising Present

Friday, Jan 12, 2024

Poignant art installations, thought-provoking exhibits, iconic landmarks, and culinary delights await travelers to the Richmond Region during Black History Month. With its deep-rooted Black history and flourishing Black culture, the Richmond Region is the ultimate destination to commemorate and celebrate the African American experience in unique, meaningful ways this February and throughout the year. The comprehensive resource to plan a trip and catch a vibe in the Richmond Region is BLK RVA, an initiative of Richmond Region Tourism created to highlight the area’s Black businesses, events, and attractions. BLK RVA is now entering its fifth year and recently garnered the attention of Travel Noire, a leading digital publication devoted to Black travelers. FEATURED EXPERIENCES: Dawoud Bey: Elegy | Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Now through February 25; Sculpting History: Art, Power, and the “Lost Cause” American Myth | The Valentine, Opening January 25; The Kemetic Collection | Ẹlẹgba Folklore Society, Opening February 2; Kick-Off Celebration | Virginia State University Gateway & Event Center, February 3; Visions of Progress | Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, Opening February 6; Black History Month Vendor Fair | Beulah Recreation Center, February 17; The Impending Crisis | American Civil War Museum, Opening February 17; Black History Month Programming | Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park, Various Dates in February; ART & MUSIC Mending Walls Murals: Discover stunning street art celebrating Black heroes and stories throughout the city of Richmond; Patrice Renee Washington, Tendril: View this solo exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art beginning February 16; The Tin Pan: Enjoy performances from several Black musicians at this intimate dinner theater. February’s schedule includes C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band; Oleta Adams; and Jason Webb & Phylicia Rae with special guest J. Staton; The Blues is Alright Tour: Experience a star-studded lineup of world-class Blues artists at Altria Theater; Artist Inspiration: Bisa Butler: Visit Bon Air Library and study the works of Bisa Butler, an award-winning African American textile artist known for her vibrant, larger-than-life quilted portraits. Create your own printed tote bag inspired by her work. HISTORY & CULTURE Forgotten Patriots: Virginia’s Black Continental Army Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolution: In this session at LaPrade Library, attendees will discover the roles Black Virginia men had in the American Revolution – roles that are still often overlooked but undoubtedly helped the ideas of the Revolution to take root; Richmond Slave Trail: Walk in the footsteps of enslaved people on this self-guided tour through historic landmarks; Jackson Ward Walking Tour: Discover the history and culture of this vibrant African-American neighborhood with a self-guided tour, or get a group together and embark on a guided tour with Jackson Ward native and historian, Gary Flowers; Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site: Learn about the life and achievements of the first Black woman to found a bank in the United States; Emancipation and Freedom Monument: Visit Brown’s Island to view this meaningful and poignant public art installation. FOOD & DRINK Mama J’s: Richmond’s classic soul food staple in Historic Jackson Ward since 2009; Ruby Scoops: Sample all-natural, handcrafted ice cream and sorbets made by Rabia Kamara, winner of Food Network’s Clash of the Cones competition in 2021; Farm + Oak: The latest offering from Richmond entrepreneur and chef Mike Lindsey, Farm + Oak brings the delightful flavors of Lindsey’s first restaurant venture, Lillie Pearl, to the West End of Henrico County. For more information on these and other events and activities, visit: BLK RVA| Richmond Region Tourism | Black History Museum & Cultural Center of VA. For more information, visit VisitRichmondVA.com.