Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia

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Mission:   to collect, preserve, interpret and promote the county’s  past  for the education and enjoyment of present and future generationS

African American History Committee

Chair:   Charlotte Wood, email:

The only group in Chesterfield County devoted to researching African-American history. Your generous tax deductible donation will help fund the ongoing work of this committee and will be greatly appreciated.

African American Schools In Chesterfield County

During the committee’s Four Score and More interviewing of our senior residents, we were dismayed and saddened to learn about the non-existence history of African-American schools in Chesterfield County. In addition, there is also evidence of undocumented schools. Therefore, further research is imperative to identify these undocumented school sites with markers.  With that noteworthy discovery, the committee agreed to pursue this challenge head-on.  Thus, the beginning of our work to research the undocumented early African-American schools in Chesterfield County.

​This collection contains images and information from the African-American Schools in Chesterfield County During the Segregated Era Exhibit presented by the African-American History Committee of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.The schools represented in the Exhibit operated in an era when the official doctrine of “Separate, But Equal” education was implemented as “Separate, and Unequal.” In presenting this Exhibit, the African-American History Committee acknowledges and honors the parents, teachers, administrators and staff who supported these schools for 100 years. The Exhibit was presented in the Chesterfield County Museum, and was originally planned to run from February 2014 through July 2014. However, the exhibit was extended into 2016 because of its popularity, and because of the very positive public response.  This exhibit can be viewed in person at the Chesterfield Historical Society Public Library located in Historic Trinity Church, 10111 Iron Bridge Rd in the conference room. Mon-Fri 10AM-4PM.

Black History Poster   Exhibit Poster