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Chesterfield Historical Society's  African-American History Committee opened a new exhibit, Cornelius Mimms: A Legend and Legacy on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Dr. Lester W. Brown, Jr
The CHSV African-American History Committee took an initiative to recognize the late Dr. Lester W. Brown, Jr., a Vietnam War  veteran and the only recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross from Chesterfield County. If anyone would like to have printed copy, you may contact the CHSV African - American Committee.  Click on the photo for a larger view.  The event program is here:

  PLeasant View SchoolThe Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia in cooperation with Chesterfield County Department of Park and Recreation had an open house for Pleasant View School in conjunction with Eppington Heritage Day.  Members of the African American History committee of the Chesterfield Historical Society were present at Eppington Plantation to share the history of the school and at Pleasant View to conduct tours of the school house.  For more information, see Pleasant View  

  Pleasant View School Open House (Media Release)  

NotablesA photograph of the Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, and Hattie Mae Trent Carter.  Ms. Carter�s history was depicted in the recent Chesterfield Museum exhibit.  In the background of the photo is Mrs. T. Ann Walker.  Developed by the African-American History Committee of CHSV, their oral history project began in 2005 with the first interviews of African-American Chesterfield County residents aged 80 and older.  Their words speak fervently to us as they describe the life experiences of African Americans who were born or lived in Chesterfield County from the first 30 years of the 20th century through the first decade of the 21st century. The exhibit reflects many common themes and challenges they faced growing up in a mostly rural and segregated environment. The stories include their early education, families and community life, military service and chosen fields of work. This past exhibit adds new interviews to compliment those exhibited in February 2011.  Artifacts depicting the era and culture of these African-American elders were also included. Click on the photo for a larger view. 


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The African-American History Committee of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) marked Black History Month by recognizing the histories of segregated schools for African-Americans in Chesterfield County in a new rotating exhibit at the County Museum.  See News Media or more information.

African American Schools   Map      

 African American History Committee Brochure  

Rosenwald School Article

 Appreciation Luncheon Program

African Americam Schools Presentation

The photograph (bottom right) shows members of the African-American History Committee (Sarah Gregory absent) at the Feb. 4th2012 opening of their exhibit on oral histories entitled FourScore and More, Part II at the County Museum. The exhibit will continue through April 29, 2012.  The African American History committee is currently comprised of ten (10) members and the membership is opened to persons who will embrace and promote the mission and share the following core values: Collaboration, Commitment, Compassion, Humility, Innovation, and Integrity.  The committee meets monthly at Castlewood, the third Monday at 10am, unless otherwise notified by the scheduler. Meetings are informal yet professional, productive and efficient, which sets the tone in fostering respectful discussions with decisions based on consensus and wisdom.  The African American Committee is chaired by Rev. Herbert C. Townes and he can be reached via email at  New members are always welcomed.

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The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Headquarters and research library has moved into the old historic Trinity Church .  See the news media information.  Please contact us:  (804)796-7121.  Hours of Operation:  Monday-Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.


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