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Jackson Ward Historic District

  • East of U.S. Route 1 south of I-95 Richmond, VA 23219

One of the nation’s largest historic districts associated with African American culture, the community changed after the Civil War from German-Jewish to primarily black. It remains a vibrant neighborhood today. Known in the first half of the 20th century as the Harlem of the South, Jackson Ward was renowned for its black-owned banks, hotels, restaurants, fraternal organizations, and nightclubs. The district’s residences, which allegedly sport more porches with ornamental ironwork than the French Quarter in New Orleans, range in style from Greek Revival to Italianate to Queen Anne. Many buildings have been rehabilitated in recent years.