What do you hope people take away from visiting the museum?
I hope everyone that comes here gains a sense of belonging. Even if you’ve lived in Arlington for a long time, or have left, I hope you can find something to relate to in the museum. Something that tells you that you really do have a place in Arlington. Everything changes, neighborhoods change, and that’s okay, but history has to remain. It must be told over and over for generations, people need to know. It helps them know their importance.
If you’re an out-of-town visitor, you just find the other side of Arlington. Usually, when people hear about Arlington they think of the National Cemetery but they don’t think about what it took to get there. We’re telling that side of the story.
What do you envision as the future of the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington?
I want more people to get ahold of this history. I would like to get the story out more that Arlington is a very historical place, even though you may drive through here and not know. We’re here to let you know because it’s very valuable and very important.