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."

Jackson Ward & Richmond

As the birthplace or adopted home of many African American artists, activists, and achievers whose contributions have shaped and…

Civil Rights Road Trip

In Appomattox, Virginia, visit the Carver Price Legacy Museum. The museum documents the history of Carver-Price High School, the…

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 St

The Soul of Seafood is Croaker’s Spot in Richmond.  A long time local favorite for great seafood and Nouveau Soul…

Mama J's Kitchen

  • 415 North 1st Street

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

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant

  • 9 N. 17th Street

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant is your destination for the best ethiopian food in Richmond, VA. Come savour the taste of Africa in the…