RICHMOND’S JACKSON WARD
The birthplace of Black entrepreneurship
Once called the Harlem of the South and the Black Wall Street of America, Jackson Ward was home to Maggie L. Walker, teacher, bank president, businesswoman and pioneer. You can visit her house and tour this cultural mecca that also gave the nation Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (be sure to check out his statue). Explore the full story of Virginia’s Black culture at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. See streets lined with historic homes that are celebrated for their elaborate ironwork. And, along with soul food at places like the James Beard Award semifinalist Mama J’s, you’ll also find restaurants serving Ethiopian, Korean and Basque-influenced cuisine.