Celebrate Black History Month.
Fredericksburg has an important Black history.
We invite you to explore and learn our notable Black stories.
Recognize the role of Blacks in our history.
Honor Black’s achievements and contributions to our culture.
Fredericksburg offers meaningful ways to create a connection to the the nation’s African-American heritage and better understand the experience of those who came before us.
Here are a few ways to explore Black history in Fredericksburg.
Take a walking tour through the streets of Fredericksburg that details the life of former slave John Washington. Washington wrote about his 24 years in bondage where most of it was spent in a 10-block radius in downtown Fredericksburg.
The City of Fredericksburg has installed three new historical markers that highlight history of the Green Book, the Freedom Riders and John DeBaptise.
Download the Traipse app on your phone. African-American Heritage of Fredericksburg Tour provides an opportunity learn and reflect. This free, self-guided tour shares some of the African American experience through the history of this city. You will be guided to 14 stops while seeing about local Civil Rights, murals, historic locations such as Shiloh Baptist Church – Old Site and more.
Take a look into the past and learn about the triumphs and struggles of African Americans in the Fredericksburg area.
Teacher and artist Johnny Johnson talks about teaching and describes what inspires his art.
Charles E. Dyson, Jr. was Fredericksburg’s first black all-star baseball team, became the area’s first black radio DJ, owned his own businesses, was Fredericksburg’s first black police officer.
Learn about the lost voices of Fredericksburg’s enslaved and free black population during the Battle of Fredericksburg.
Video by: Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
See African American History resources from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library
Go to their website here.
Dr. James L. Farmer, Jr. earned national prominence as one of the foremost leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, including organizing the Freedom Rides, with the first stop being right here in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Learn more about this American civil rights pioneer and his notable accomplishments.
Support Black-owned businesses! It helps the business and the whole community.