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

American Civil War Museum - Tredegar

  • 480 Tredegar Street

The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar, on the banks of the James River in Richmond, Virginia, is the gateway to Civil…

Maggie L.Walker Historic Site

  • 600 N. Second St.

The Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site commemorates the life of a progressive and talented African American woman. Despite…

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.