African-American Heritage of Fredericksburg

Explore Frederickburg, VA's African-American community's centuries-spanning history of ingenuity, perseverance, and community-building.

Ayokunle Odeleye's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The African-American experience through the history of Fredericksburg, Virginia mirrors that of the nation's. That history is marked by immense suffering and astounding injustice, and yet its story has endured thanks to its participants' ingenuity, perseverance, and community-building.

This tour can't possibly give you the complete picture of African-American lives and cultural influence on Fredericksburg since their forced arrival in 1619, but it's an often unflinching look at that history.

What's left of the auction block where slaves were once sold.

We hope we have presented that heritage well, and that you, at the same time, enjoy discovering some lesser-known locations and notable, inspiring people who have contributed to the story of this area.

Fredericksburg artist and educator, Johnny P. Johnson

Explore Fredericksburg, learn more about the people who've shaped this country, and have fun while you're doing it.

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