Waynesboro, VA Celebrates Black History Month

February 02, 2024

As February unfolds, Waynesboro, VA, proudly embraces Black History Month with a lineup of dynamic events. From thought-provoking lectures to cultural showcases, our community comes together to honor and celebrate the profound contributions, struggles, and triumphs of African Americans.

Local African American History in Waynesboro

Waynesboro Public Library, February 8, 2024, 6-7:30 pm

The Port Republic Road community in Waynesboro, VA, listed on the National Historic Register of Places in 2002, remains a largely unexplored historical gem. Home to the Julius Rosenwald School from the 1920s to 1965, the community housed churches, family homes, a hotel, benevolent lodges, and businesses. This area was the vibrant core of Waynesboro's Black community from the late 19th to the late 20th centuries. In a lecture led by Dr. Amy Tillerson-Brown, Dean and Professor of History at Mary Baldwin College for Women, the focus will be on unraveling the community's history, shedding light on themes like segregation, prohibition, migration, the jazz age, and the enduring impact of public school desegregation, placing this valley at the center of crucial discussions in American history. Register here.

Black History Month Celebration

The RISE Organization at Waynesboro High School, February 18, 2024, 3-5:00 pm

Join the RISE Scholars and special guests as they present 'Say Their Name', a Black History Performance. There will be live music, singing and dance performances, story telling, a fashion show, and more. Get your tickets now to support RISE and their young scholars. 

Heroes of the Underground Railroad

Waynesboro Public Library, February 24, 2024, 11-12:00 pm

Bright Star Children's Theatre brings American history to life! Learn the incredible true stories of brave men and women who escaped from slavery, and the abolitionists who helped them along the way. All ages are welcome, no registration is required. 

Foundations of Hope: Celebrating a Century of Waynesboro's Rosenwald School

Waynesboro Heritage Museum, opening February 24, 2024

Join the Waynesboro Heritage Museum in partnership with the Black History Museum at Rosenwald, the Waynesboro Public Library, Waynesboro Parks and Recreation, and the Waynesboro chapter of the NAACP for a brand new exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of Waynesboro's Rosenwald School. Visit the museum Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm as they share the stories about the impact of the Rosenwald School. 

Black History Museum at Rosenwald

413 Port Republic Road, open by appointment only, call 540-942-6735 for details

Celebrating Black history in Waynesboro, the Black History Museum at Rosenwald houses a small but rich collection that weaves a tapestry of revered figures in the community. Waynesboro's Rosenwald School was one of many built across the south through a partnership between Julius and Booker T. Washington in what has been called the most important initiative to advance black education in the early 20th century. Be sure to call to get a first-hand look at the historical significance Waynesboro's African American community had in shaping the city.

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