African American Programs
In 2000, VFH created a program specifically focused on African American history and culture in Virginia. Called at the time the African American Heritage Program. Led by Christian Draper, the program focused on the promotion of heritage tourism, which was achieved by the creation of a database called African-American Historic Sites Database (AAHSD). The database remains an important resource supporting documenting hundreds of African American sites and including multi-media sound and graphics.
A mini-grant program was also established in 2000, as part of the Heritage Program, to encourage organizations to develop and strengthen components of their interpretive African American materials and programs. Targeted mini-grant initiatives have included the African-American Heritage Trail Project, community discussions on the impact of the Brown decision, and projects relating to Virginia’s Rosenwald Schools.