Richmond historians are uniquely attuned to the African American heritage to which the region is home. A deeply moving slave trail tells the compelling story of Richmond’s underground railroad, complete with the site of one of the most infamous slave jails in the area and tributes to the men and women who suffered unthinkable treatment as the possessions of other men. The Civil War Museum has developed into an institution that examines the human condition from various perspectives and contexts that allowed for the perpetuation of the slave industry until the end of the war.
The Valentine Richmond History Center will continue the conversation and highlight the immense contributions of the members of this community in Richmond with its “African American Heritage Bus Tour” on June 9 from 1 PM – 4 PM.
The tour will examine the role of “urban slaves” and free blacks as well as the history and impact of the Jim Crow era. Learn about Maggie Walker, Oliver Hill and Douglas Wilder among others and tour Jackson Ward and the Civil Rights Memorial at Capitol Square. Reservations for the tour are required and can be made by calling 804-649-0711, ext. 301. The tour is $25 or $20 for members.
The Valentine Richmond History Center offers many tours throughout the year. If you love Richmond heritage and American History, pair your tour with a stay at one of the Historic Richmond Inns and plan to spend at least two nights exploring the area and learning about its cultural, spiritual, technological and historical influences. What better way to relax after a full day of history hopping than the comforts of your luxury accommodations and a full gourmet breakfast each morning? Reservations book quickly, so make your plans today!