Celebrate Black History Month.
Fredericksburg has an important Black history. 
We invite you to explore and learn our notable Black stories.
Recognize the role of Blacks in our history.
Honor Black’s achievements and contributions to our culture.

 

 

Connect

Fredericksburg offers meaningful ways to create a connection to the the nation’s African-American heritage and better understand the experience of those who came before us.
Here are a few ways to explore Black history in Fredericksburg.

John Washington
Take a walking tour through the streets of Fredericksburg that details the life of former slave John Washington. Washington wrote about his 24 years in bondage where most of it was spent in a 10-block radius in downtown Fredericksburg.

Download the Tour

Freedom Riders Marker
The City of Fredericksburg has installed five new historical markers that highlight history of The Green Book, Freedom Riders Challenge a Nation, French John’s Wharf, and a State Historical Marker on the First Stop on 1961 Freedom Rides.
See the new panels here.
On February 10, 2022, a the fifth panel was unveiled at the Dorothy Hart Community Center. It was the site of a protest by the 1950 graduating class of Walker-Grant High School.
Watch the commemoration here.
Free Alley

Download the Traipse app on your phone. African-American Heritage of Fredericksburg Tour provides an opportunity learn and reflect. This free, self-guided tour shares some of the African American experience through the history of this city. You will be guided to 14 stops while seeing about local Civil Rights, murals, historic locations such as Shiloh Baptist Church – Old Site and more.

Get Started Here.

Learn

Take a look into the past and learn about the triumphs and struggles of African Americans in the Fredericksburg area.

The History of Fredericksburg Churches
The History of Fredericksburg Churches

When we think of places that connect us with Civil War history, battlefields are often top of mind, but Fredericksburg churches bore witness to the battles of more than 150 years ago.

Michael Carter, Jr. – James Farmer Scholars Program Graduate
Michael Carter, Jr. – James Farmer Scholars Program Graduate

Michael Carter, Jr. is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the 2021 top-ranked Historically Black College and University (HBCU). He is the president of the Fredericksburg-Prince’s Town (Ghana) Sister City Association, the owner of Carter Farms (a centurion family business that grows seasonal African, Caribbean, and Asiatic tropical vegetables); and, he is a James Farmer Scholars legacy graduate, class of 1996.

Fannie Mae Richards – Educating On Purpose
Fannie Mae Richards – Educating On Purpose

Fannie Mae Richards will always be remembered for fighting the good fight to equalize the education for underserved students. And although she made her home in Detroit, she will always be a source of pride for the City of Fredericksburg.

Johnny Johnson
Johnny Johnson

Enduring inspiration. Devoting his talents to helping others develop their own allowed a beloved Fredericksburg artist and teacher to turn the art world upside down in his own way.

Central Rappahannock Regional Library logo
See African American History resources from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library
Learn about the lost voices of Fredericksburg’s enslaved and free black population during the Battle of Fredericksburg.
Video by: Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

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