Central Virginia culture and heritage are rich with the legacy of African-Americans. This tour includes historic churches, museums, universities, homes and cemeteries. Bring your group to examine and explore the accomplishments of those who prevailed and prospered in Lynchburg.
Begin your day at the Anne Spencer House and Gardens. An internationally acclaimed poet, Spencer was part of the Harlem Renaissance. Just a few blocks away you'll find the Legacy Museum of African-American history containing artifacts and updated exhibits. Next stop: Old City Cemetery for the popular 'Black History Quarter Mile Walk' tracing the contributions of Lynchburg’s African American citizens in education, business, religion and the military life of the community throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Enjoy a box lunch on the lavish grounds of the cemetary or at the Bertha Green Webster Carriage House at nearby Point of Honor. You may also choose from any of the fine eateries in historic downtown. After lunch its on to Virginia University of Lynchburg, one of the nation's oldest African-American colleges. Continue your afternoon at Court Street Baptist Church...a must see. Built in 1880, it is the tallest structure in the downtown skyline. This testiment to the black Baptist population of Lynchburg is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Next, take a walking or driving tour and enjoy the diverse architecture that comprises the 7 Historic Districts. From the early Quaker conservative influence, to elaborate Victorian statements of opulence, the diverse heritage of residential life in Lynchburg comes alive. and finally, finish your day with a gracious meal along the banks of the scenic James River.
The African American experience echoes through the heritage of today's community, and it doesn't take a special occasion to make a trip worth your time. Every day in Lynchburg is a special one - telling a very special story about a very special people.
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