Only 2% of the 95,000 entries on the National Register of Historic Places—the list of sites declared worthy of preservation by the U.S. federal government—focus on the experiences of Black Americans.
“We have an obligation, as Virginians, as legislators, historians, and educators, to bring relevancy to the lives of those who sacrificed blood, sweat, and tears building the landscape of Virginia.”Delegate Delores McQuinn, Task Force Founding Chair
The Virginia African American Cultural Resources (VAACR) Task Force champions inclusive learning, community development, and economic opportunities that sustain Black cultural heritage sites and places.
We support Virginia’s community-driven, Black cultural preservation movement through resource- and information-sharing, outreach, and education.
The VAACR Task Force was unanimously established by the General Assembly in 2017 as a Virginia Humanities advisory coalition, and publicly launched in August 2018 at Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton.
Introduced by Delegate Delores McQuinn of Richmond, our founding legislation calls for a bipartisan, statewide task force to help identify, promote and conserve Virginia’s Black cultural resources, especially places connected to Virginians born into slavery.
Members & Advisors
The Task Force includes nonlegislative citizens appointed by Virginia’s governor, as well as legislators, state agency leaders, and advisors. Meet the current members.
In addition to the General Assembly and Virginia Humanities, the Task Force is composed of several statewide nonprofits and state agencies, including Preservation Virginia, Virginia Africana Associates, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Virginia Outdoors Foundation and Virginia Tourism Corporation, as well as representatives from Virginia’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia.
Join the movement to preserve Virginia’s Black historic places.
“I believe we can get to the point where we can tell the entire story – the authentic truth. If we do that, generations to come will be more accepting of one another and willing to embrace the contributions of all.”Delegate Delores McQuinn, Task Force Founding Chair