On June 22, we will open the highly anticipated and groundbreaking exhibition commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia. Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality examines the various ways in which black people have fought for freedom, equal justice, and access to opportunities.

Through profiles of 30 individuals, more than 100 evocative objects, and multimedia interpretive content, Determined will explore:

  • the black experience in Virginia from 1619 to the present day;
  • the pivotal role black Americans have played in shaping America’s national identity and culture; and
  • the key Virginians and Virginia events that have defined the meaning of American democracy, equality,
    and justice.

Learn more about the Determined exhibition.