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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a look into the past and learn about the triumphs and struggles of African Americans in the Fredericksburg area.
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. 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 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.
Rev. Hester is known for his forty (40) years of service to Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) and her parishioners.
“Sonny” as everyone knows him, has always been in love with history. While Sonny knew one version of American history, the one he wanted to know most about was his own.
A Historical Account of the Walker-Grant High School Graduating Class of 1950 and Why They Protested
In 1950, the graduating class of Walker-Grant staged a protest when the City restricted their access to the Community Center for their commencement ceremony.
Dr. James L. Farmer, Jr. earned national prominence as one of the foremost leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and as a noted and beloved professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA
Charles E. Dyson Jr. led a life, only 31-years-long, that paralleled the rise of the Civil Rights movement and he pioneered his own path right here in Fredericksburg, VA
Rev. Lawrence A. Davies became the first African American to hold elected office in Fredericksburg, VA, serving for 30 years, first as a Councilman and then as Mayor.
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.
Video by: Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park