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BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER OF VIRGINIA RICHMOND, VA Screenshot from BHMVA IN THEIR OWN WORDS “The Museum seeks to become a permanent repository for visual, oral and written records and artifacts commemorating the lives and accomplishments of Blacks in Virginia. Our goal is to become a statewide resource on the many facets of Black history through exhibitions, discussions and celebrations.” 109 “The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia was founded in 1981 by Carroll Anderson, Sr. In 1991, the Museum was opened to the public at 00 Clay Street, in the historic Jackson Ward district of Richmond…” 110 In the spring of 2016, the Museum adopted a new location—the Leigh Street Armory… ” 111 THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 74

Black History Museum of Virginia Sign RESEARCH “The Museum collects documents, limited editions, prints, art and photographs for use in its Black History Archives program. This program will be of major significance because of the scarcity of written records on the Black experience.” 112 OVERCOME “Like the Jackson Ward neighborhood that surrounds it, the Leigh Street Armory is a survivor. A fire in the mid-1980s damaged the second floor and burned a hole in the metal roof, leaving the interior of the building open to the elements…The building stood padlocked and dark until 2002, when a Save America’s Treasures grant paid for the armory’s stabilization.” 113 APPRECIATE “The museum’s permanent collection is a gateway to the rich history, heritage and significant accomplishments of African Americans in Virginia. The collection includes art, artifacts, textiles, photographs, rare books, music and other items.” 114 REVITALIZE “The energy and pride, the art and performances, state-of-the-art exhibits and state-wide outreach ensure that the Leigh Street Armory is the home of the Black History Museum – Richmond’s and Virginia’s primary center for black history and culture.” 115 THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 75