Construction begins on Black History Museum in Jackson Ward

After years of watching and waiting, work is finally underway on the new Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia in Jackson Ward.

Leigh Street Armory in Jackson Ward 1895 2014 photo by Anthony Nesossis.

There is a buzz in the air as renovations begin at the historic Leigh Street Armory. Crews have installed fencing around the perimeter. Once renovated, the armory will be the new site of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, set to open in 2015.

From NBC12:

The museum’s CEO Stacy Burrs says a lot of work has to be done. Everything from restoring exterior brick and mortar to installing heating and air conditioning, new electrical and rehabbing walls and floors…Burrs says the museum’s new location will give it more room and opportunities, allowing it to host traveling exhibits and larger models that before wouldn’t have fit in the Clay Street location.

Read more about this exciting project on Richmond BizSense. Other local museums working on renovation projects include the Valentine, the American Civil War Museum, and the Virginia Historical Society.

Photo by Anthony Nesossis

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Anthony Nesossis serves as volunteer photographer and writer for the Greater Jackson Ward News community.

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