Catherine Illian of Richmond Rides took up our offer last week and is taking over the blog today. She's going to give us 5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in the Richmond Region:


1. Food:

Head over to Croaker Spot for some serious comfort food. The Eggleston Fish boats and Seafood Chili are as good as it gets.

2. History! To Be Sold exhibit at the Library of Virginia

"To Be Sold" exhibit at the Library of Virginia. Through images, objects, paintings, letters, and ledgers, it offers a peek at Virginia’s role in the so called “second middle-passage.” This refers to the sale and relocation of thousands of slaves from Virginia to the cotton and sugar plantations of the Deep South in the decades before the Civil War.

3. Music:

Jazz Cafe at VMFA. Thursdays 6-9 PM. Listen to some beautiful tunes, take in the VMFA. Jazz is one beautiful and multilayered contribution from African-American history.  

4. Movies:

Visit Maggie Walker's house. Go hear the story of the first female banker in the US. Maggie Walker started a Penny Savings Bank  and was a tireless and inspiring community advocate. If you go on a Saturday, check out “Matinees with Maggie.” This month the Maggie Walker Historic site is showing vintage Depression era films at 1:00 pm Saturdays in Feb at the Maggie Walker house.  

5. Tour:

Want to learn more about Maggie Walker and other African American Heroes?  Head over to a bike tour with Richmond Rides in Church Hill. Saturdays in February from 1-3pm. Maggie Walker was born in Church Hill among many other fascinating characters from history.      

Another great option is the Slave Trail. Self guided tours are available through maps at the visitor’s center or guided tours are available through the Elegba Folklore Society.