Lush with Black history and rich with stories, Virginia’s Central region is home to the capital city, Richmond, and right at the center of it all.

Welcome to Virginia’s Black Heritage Trail. A partnership with the Virginia Department of Historical Resources, the Trail will guide you through many of the historical markers and cultural sites that make up the foundation of Virginia’s history.

Central Virginians

Check out the under-told stories of these historic figures.

Maggie Walker

"No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

John Mitchell Jr.

"It is my job to howl, yes howl loudly, until the American people hear our cries."

Charles B. Holt

"Like its builder, Rock House is once again rock solid.” Juilan Bond

Dr. Walter N. Ridley

"My father has paid taxes in this state since before I was born and I am entitled to study here.”

Black History Attractions

Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum

  • 1313 Pierce Street

Anne Spencer was a poet, a civil rights activist, a teacher, librarian, wife and mother, and a gardener. More than thirty of her…

Appomattox Court House NHP

  • 111 National Park Drive

Visiting Appomattox Court House NHP is largely a self-guided experience. Start your tour at the visitor center, in the…

Black-Owned Restaurants

Croaker’s Spot

  • 1020 Hull Street

Richmond's premier location for southern cuisine! We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and drinks!

Mama J's Kitchen

  • 415 North First Street

Mama J’s is a neighborhood restaurant based on the family tradition of going to grandma’s for Sunday dinner. Our goal is to…

Addis Ethiopian

  • 9 North 17th Street

Ethiopian restaurant serving meat and vegetarian dishes. Evening lounge with bar food daily.