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Black History Walking Tour

February 18, 2023 @ 11:00 am


The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM), in partnership with the Historic Fredericksburg
Foundation, Inc. (HFFI), is pleased to announce a new walking tour in honor of Black History
Month. Black Businesses & Entrepreneurship in Fredericksburg, 1787 – Present will feature
stories of African American business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Fredericksburg’s
history. Lead by Dr. Gaila Sims, FAM Curator of African American History and Special Projects,
the tour will commence in the eighteenth century with John DeBaptiste and the establishment
of French John’s Wharf, continue with industrious builder Henry Deane and the development of
Liberty Town following the Civil War, touch on thriving Black businesses on Princess Anne Street
in the mid-twentieth century, and culminate with contemporary favorites scattered across the
city. Grounded in historical documentation, archival research, and individual stories, this
walking tour will explore Fredericksburg’s unique contributions to the history of Black


Date: Saturday, February 18th
Starting Time: 11 a.m.
Starting Location: HFFI Offices, 1200 Caroline Street
Ticket Price: $25 General Public/ $20 FAM+HFFI Members


February 18, 2023
11:00 am
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Fredericksburg Area Museum
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Fredericksburg Area Museum
907 Princess Anne St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401 United States
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