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Celebrate Juneteenth in Richmond, Virginia

by Mary Melnick

Jun 14, 2022

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Richmond, Virginia, is the perfect destination to celebrate Juneteenth. The Black community and culture thrive through local restaurants, art galleries and historic sites.

 

Events

Juneteenth Block Party Festival

The Black Village of Richmond hosts this festival for the second year. The day includes live music, food, spoken performances, games and much more. The event includes the support of more than 100 Black-owned businesses, aiming to showcase the city’s Black excellence and highlight the community’s legacy.

 

Celebrating Fathers

With Father’s Day and Juneteenth falling on the same weekend, the NAACP Hanover Branch celebrates both June 19. Travelers and locals alike can celebrate fathers and the Black community with food trucks, street vendors, wine tasting, music and more.

 

A Freedom Celebration

On June 26, join the Elegba Folklore Society at its annual Juneteenth celebration, featuring live performances, the Freedom Market and the ancestral homage at Richmond’s African Burial Ground. Before the celebration, take part in the Torch Lit Night Walk to learn about the history of Enslaved Africans through songs and stories.

 

Historical Sites

Maggie L. Walker National Historical Site

Maggie L. Walker is a well-known name in Richmond’s history as a progressive African American woman from the post-Civil War era. She was the first female founder and president of a chartered bank in the United States. Visitors can tour her home and learn more about her impact on the community.

 

Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia teaches visitors about Black history not only in Richmond, but also in the whole state of Virginia. The Black History Timeline and Emancipation Oak hope to inspire all visitors. Don’t forget to check out the exhibits on historical figures such as Tuskegee Airman Lieutenant Colonel Howard L. Baugh.

 

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Visitors can find an extensive collection of African American artwork at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Textiles, masks and ritual objects from more than 100 African cultures sit on display, each piece highlighting the creativity and history of the Black community, both locally and globally.

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