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Yesterday's Stories, Today's Inspiration

Yesterday's Stories, Today's Inspiration is a photographic exhibition that captures a few moments in the lives of African Americans from the 1850s-1950s. Through the photographer's eye the exhibition is a display of faces and places that deserve remembering. 

The exhibition is presented in two phases. The first phase has images taken by James Conway Farley and George O. Brown and his family, prominent African American photographers of the early 19th century. Depictions of worship life and the educational experience are also included. Professionals and entrepreneurs, organizations, and the military round out the second installation which consists of more than 150 photographs.  Sincere appreciation goes to our researcher and curator, Elvatrice Belsches and many thanks to the families and institutions that shared their photographs.


Special thanks to our Exhibition Sponsor: Venture Richmond

Museum Hours:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: By Appointment Only

Yesterday's Stories, Today's Inspiration
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  • Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
  • Adults, $10Seniors & Students w/ID, $8Children, $6
  • Recurring daily