African American History in Virginia
Virginia is home to the longest continuous experience of African American culture and life in the United States. Black history in Virginia began in August 1619 when the first Africans were involuntarily brought to the shores of Historic Jamestowne. So began the proud, rich heritage and struggle of Black people in the state.
Withstanding the bonds of slavery and fighting for freedom and equal rights, African Americans played a vital role in the development of Arlington County. Their history is an integral part of the county’s story and the museum plays an important role in the telling of that story in Arlington.
How to Visit
The free museum is open on Thursday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Street parking is available in front of the building.