Black History Month in Chesterfield County is a tradition. This is the county’s 28th year of producing education and entertainment events that are all free and open to the public. And each year’s celebration is unique and special, with music, lectures, performances and much more.
Another part of what makes these celebrations special is the students who receive scholarships through this program. This year, we will give away six $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors who attend Chesterfield County public schools. To date, the county has awarded more than 123 scholarships in the amount of $143,000.
All Black History Month programs and scholarships are funded entirely by private donations.
Thursday, Feb. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of singing and a blend of Latin, Caribbean and rhythm and blues music.
Sukey: Life with Dolley Madison
Saturday, Feb. 4, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Ettrick-Matoaca Library
Thursday, Feb. 16, 7-7:45 p.m. Bon Air Library
Monday, Feb. 27, 7-7:45 p.m. Meadowdale Library
Learn about life on James Madison’s Montpelier plantation and during his time in the White House. Charmaine Crowell-White portrays Sukey, Dolley Madison’s servant. Registration is required.
Beginning African-American Genealogy
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7-8 p.m. Chester Library
Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Clover Hill Library
Jody Raab, Richmond Family History Center, introduces techniques and resources to use in African-American genealogical research. Registration is required.
Meet Dr. King
Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
North Courthouse Road Library
Children learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and may be inspired to use his example in their own schools and communities. This program is for children ages 4-10. Registration is required.
Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies
Saturday, Feb. 11,
2-2:45 p.m., Meadowdale Library
Learn about spies during the Civil War, Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen. This program is for adults and children, ages 8 and older. Registration is required.
Monday, Feb. 13, 7-8 p.m., Chester Library
A new digital collection at the Library of Virginia helps researchers learn about the lives of African-Americans dating back to the 17th century. Registration required.
Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles
Thursday, Feb. 23, 7-8 p.m., LaPrade Library
Dr. Bert Ashe discusses his personal journey and the history of dreadlocks and black identity. Book sale/signing afterwards. Registration is required.
Presented by Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s African-American History Committee:
Exhibit: Cornelius Mimms: A Legend and Legacy
The exhibit will run through Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop.
Museum hours, Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The exhibit unveils the legend and legacy of Cornelius Mimms, the first African-American to serve on Chesterfield County’s Board of Supervisors. He served several terms during his early career as Supervisor of Roads and also Supervisor of the Poor. Attorney Mimms practiced before the courts during a long and honorable career. For more information, call 768-7311.
Lecture: A Rich History: First Baptist Church of Midlothian and the African-American Community
Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.
Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop
Speaker, Audrey Ross. For more information, call 768-7311.
Exhibit: FourScore and More: Capturing Memories of Age 80 and Older African-Americans in Chesterfield County. A Collection of Oral Histories.
Presented at the Chester Public Library through the month of February.
African-American Schools in Chesterfield County during the Segregated Era
Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ongoing temporary exhibit at the Historic Trinity Church, 10111 Iron Bridge Road. For more information, call 796-7121.