Richmond's Leigh Street Armory & African American Militia

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In 1895, the City of Richmond constructed the magnificent Leigh Street Armory for its African American militia. During Reconstruction, Virginia led the nation in establishing black militia units, and Richmond was the only city to build an armory for that use. These volunteer soldiers drilled and trained there, and many joined other volunteers to serve in the Spanish-American War. In 1899, the Leigh Street Armory ceased to serve its original function and became first a school and ultimately the home of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Authors Roice Luke, Maureen Elgersman Lee and Stacy Burrs reveal the history of the Leigh Street Armory and its soldiers.
ISBN: 9781467139236
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Landmarks
Images: 105
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Roice Luke is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University. He led the Virginia Freedmen’s Bureau Digitization Project locally from 2005 to 2015 and then served on the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Maureen Elgersman Lee is Associate Professor of History and chair of the Department of Political Science and History at Hampton University and former executive director of the BHM. Stacy Burrs has served as CEO, chairman and board member of the BHM and led the effort to acquire, renovate and convert the historic Leigh Street Armory.
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