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Richmond: Civil War & Emancipation

The American Civil War in Richmond - 150 years ago this spring

In April 1865, after four years at the heart of the Civil War, Richmond - the capital of the Confederacy - finally fell. The Confederate government evacuated and Union army units - including United States Colored Troops - entered the city. That moment foreshadowed the reunification of the United States, the end of 250 years of American slavery, and the beginning of an uncertain journey into freedom for African Americans here and across the country.

From April 1 through April 4, 2015, the Richmond Region will commemorate this momentous event in American history through a series of powerful and inclusive programs including

  • Illuminations representing the city's devastating evacuation fires
  • Powerful programs commemorating the emancipation of the city's enslaved African Americans
  • Presentations and programs following in the footsteps of those who were here at this historic time, from evacuating Confederate officials, to African American Union troops arriving in the city, to civilians caught in the vortex of dramatic change, to President Lincoln as he explored Richmond while it was still smoldering

Visit the Richmond Region and join more than 20 historical, cultural, and academic institutions for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Use the links to the left to find out more about the Richmond Region's Civil War & Emancipation history, events and historic sites.

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Virginia Civil War Trails

Civil War Trails program has installed more than 1,000 interpretive markers at Civil War sites....

American Civil War Center

Explore the Civil War through three perspectives: Union, Confederate and African-American...

Museum of the Confederacy

The Museum of the Confederacy houses a collection of artifacts associated with the Confederacy....

Chesterfield Museum

Four sites are included in the Chesterfield Museum Complex including Magnolia Grange and Castlewood....