Black History Month Events in Prince William County[Problem with one of widgets on this page]
Prince William County has a unique and extensive African American history that will be shared throughout Black History Month at many of our historic properties. We invite you to explore the history, arts, culture and contributions of African Americans in Prince William County. Below are a few exhibits and events that honor and focus on the contributions that Black Americans have made to American culture.
January 30 – March 2, 2018
9419 Battle Street
Manassas, VA 20110
(photo credit: Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory)
To commemorate Black History Month, the Center for the Arts has scheduled an exhibit exploring art works by local and regional African-American artists. This eclectic and collaborative exhibition includes photography, painting, and mixed media with subject matter ranging from studies of African culture and history to nature and travel photography. The term ayeye means “celebration” or “ceremony” in Yoruba. The exhibit is open to the public for viewing Monday through Friday 10 am - 5pm and Saturday 1 pm-5 pm. The community is also invited to attend the exhibit’s opening reception Saturday, February 3rd from 6 pm - 8 pm.
Each weekend in February
The Lucasville School is the only school built for African American children that is left standing in Prince William County today. Celebrate African American history month with a visit to this one-room reconstructed schoolhouse. The Lucasville School will be open every Saturday and Sunday in February from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each weekend you can participate in a special activity program in recognition of Black History Month. This event is free. Donations welcomed.
Each weekend in February
(photo credit: VA Department of Conservation and Recreation)
Visitors of the Underground Railroad: Network to Freedom exhibit will learn about Leesylvania State Park’s rich and diverse history. Associated with the flight of runaway slaves the Leesylvania property will offer displays and exhibitions illustrating their inclusion in the underground railroad. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends (Friday – Sunday).
Celebrate the life and work of Frederick Douglass on the week of his 200th birthday at the Lucasville School on Saturday February 10th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ebenezer Men’s Choir will kick off the celebration. Passages from the Narrative and the Life of Frederick Douglass will be read aloud and information will be shared about the One Million Abolitionists project. A hardback special edition book will be handed out to each family in attendance until supplies run out.
Manassas, VA 20109
The Slave Quarter at Ben Lomond is one of only three to survive to this day in Prince William County. Participate in an exclusive opportunity to spend the night in the original slave quarter. Historians and interpreters will provide Information regarding the people who lived and worked at Ben Lomond, how they worked to survive, and how they resisted. The program lasts from 7 p.m. Friday, February 23 to 8 a.m. Saturday, February 24. Price is $75 per person and reservations are required since space is limited. For more information and reservations, please call 703-367-7872.
Manassas, VA 20109
Explore the historic home and original slave quarter to learn about the enslaved population living at Ben Lomond in the years before the Civil War. Explore spaces not ordinarily open to the public and participate in hands-on activities to learn about some of the chores that enslaved men, women, and children, were expected to complete, as well as the lives of the enslaved community. Open from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. tours begin on the hour. Admission is $5 per person, ages 6 and older.
(photo credit: Ayanna Gregory)
With powerful stories and transformative songs, Daughter of the Struggle is an intimate journey into the life of the legendary Dick Gregory. This autobiographical performance reveals Ayana Gregory's multi-dimensional existence as a daughter of the Civil Rights Movement. Ayana chronicles important and historical events throughout her father's life of fame and human rights activism from a daughter's perspective. The event is from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday February 27th. Admission is free. Please RSVP online.
Make it a weekend getaway, so you have plenty of time to explore the history, arts, culture and contributions of African Americans in Prince William County. Need a room?