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The Valentine offers 'very special, unique' Black History Month experience

Posted at 2:40 PM, Feb 18, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Valentine has been telling the story of Richmond for over a century and that includes special events to commemorate Black History Month.

"We have established a very specific Black History Month Gallery Guide, so as you come in you can have a very special, unique experience," The Valentine's Eric Steigleder said.

And there are many objects and images to explore. One example is a new edition of a barber’s chair from historic Fulton.

"The Fulton neighborhood as it was no longer exists. But the barber chair itself was used in a barbershop in Fulton," Steigleder explained. "And were lucky enough to have that piece and also the family story that comes with it."

You can find it all and more in the museum's Black History Month Gallery Guide.

Black History Month at The Valentine.

The Valentine is also preparing for the 16th annual Richmond History Makers program, which honors individuals and organizations who have made a difference in the community.

Chuck English, the Virginia Stem Coordinator, is being honored for creating quality educational opportunities, Lloyd “Bud” Vye is being recognized for improving regional transportation, Chloe Edwards is being honored for championing social justice and Metropolitan Business League President Floyd Miller is being honored for demonstrating innovative economic solutions.

Additionally Health Brigade, which is celebrating their 50th year serving the community, is being recognized for promoting community health and muralist and community advocate Hamilton Glass is being honored in the "Advancing Our Quality of Life" category.

You can take part in the Virtual Richmond History Makers on March 9 from 5 to 6 p.m. online.

Tickets are free. Register at