Black History Month events in Central Virginia

Midlothian has a rich history spanning back 300 years. One historian says her research of the historic First Baptist church unexpectedly connected her to her roots.

Black History Month continues across Central Virginia in the second half of February. Here is a listing of what’s left for the month:


Feb. 21
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center, 101 E Broad St
What Is Africa To Me? Community Study Group, 7p Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center, 101 E Broad Street Free. Explore and discuss history, culture and contemporary affairs throughout the African Diaspora with former Virginia State University professor, Neil Holmes, political scientist and historian. Find out more »

6:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce event, 1500 E. Main St.
Mayor Levar Stoney to attend Central Virginia African American Chamber of Commerce event with U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin in honor of Black History Month

Feb. 22
4-7 p.m., National African-American Read-In, 200 N. Boulevard
Leaders from the community share African and African American literature related to works in the permanent collection. The VMFA Library will also be open on this night for extended hours with works from the archives. Mayor Levar Stoney will also be on hand. Find out more »

Feb. 24
1 p.m., Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, 600 N 2nd Street
“Matinees with Miss Maggie” film series: “4 Little Girls” (102 minutes)

2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Literary Saturdays Presents Ronnie Nelson Sidney, II, LCSW, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
Author of “Nelson Beats the Odds”, “Tameka’s New Dress,” and “Rest in Peace Rashawn” Join us for an author discussion and book signing with Ronnie Nelson Sidney, II, LCSW. FREE EVENT but registration requested register here.

Feb. 28
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Black History Museum, 122 W Leigh St., “The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia”
From slavery to freedom to fame to obscurity: the long-forgotten story of emancipation, family, and fine food, through the life an incomparable Richmond chef.
$20; click here for advance purchase admission.



Feb. 19
1-2 p.m., Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road, South Chesterfield
Frederick Douglass – Nathan M. Richardson reenacts Frederick Douglass’ life as a slave, his escape to freedom and rise as a great writer, orator and abolitionist.

6-7 p.m., Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road, North Chesterfield
The Life of Frederick Douglass – Nathan M. Richardson details the life of Frederick Douglass, from his time as a slave to his escape and his rise as a great writer, orator and abolitionist.

Feb. 20
7-8 p.m., North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield
Speaking of Jazz with Victor Haskins’ Skein – Hear how jazz music developed, and learn the basic concepts behind jazz through performances of music from different eras.

Feb. 23
8- 10 a.m., VSU’s Gateway Dining Event Center, 1 Hayden Drive, VSU

Black History Month Business Breakfast and Scholarship Recognition – Featuring Gen. Dennis L. Via, U.S. Army (Retired). Invitation only. For more information, email

Feb. 24
1:30-2:15 p.m., Enon Library, 1801 Enon Church Road, Chester
African Folktales – Storyteller Charmaine Crowell-White tells traditional African and African American folktales.

10 a.m.-noon, Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., North Chesterfield
Beyond Black History Month – Get a historical perspective on race in the U.S., and how it has impacted education and current events on local and national levels.


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Feb. 24
7- 9 p.m., Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Road
Learn about the lives of both enslaved and free people that lived and worked at High Meadow/Dabbs. A police officer will share stories of the time Dabbs House served as a police station.

Feb. 27
1- 3 p.m., Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Road
Discover the many roles African Americans played in the 150+ year history of Dabbs House. Learn the latest information discovered during four separate 15 minute presentations. Learn about the Dabbs’ family slaves, Perry Parks, the enslaved valet of General Lee, and the residents of the almshouse.


Feb. 24
2-7 p.m., Petersburg High School, 3101 Johnson Road
2018 Black History Month Festival: dedicated to the celebration of African-American contributions to the Community through music, food, and art. This year’s festival will feature live performances from Petersburg High School Choir and band, Virginia State University Gospel Chorale, Fort Lee Army Band, Soul 2 Sole Dance Theater, Petersburg Communities, Inc., and a must-see live concert by J. Baxter and the SAUCE Band. Vendors will be onsite with exclusive merchandise for purchase and the highlighted food vendor is renowned restaurant, Mama J’s Kitchen.


Feb. 23 – 25
Gloucester Institute, 6498 Allmondsville Road
Black History Month Celebration, RSVP at More info: