Richmond’s Journey from the End of Slavery and Civil War to Today

Civil War

Far-right photo courtesy The Valentine

Future of Richmond’s Past

Civil War and Emancipation

Richmond’s Journey

In April 1865, after four years at the heart of the Civil War, Richmond—the capital of the Confederacy—finally fell. The Confederate government evacuated and Union army units—including United States Colored Troops—entered the city and arrived at the Capitol. That moment foreshadowed the reunification of the United States, the end of 250 years of American slavery, and the beginning of an uncertain journey into freedom for African-Americans here and across the country.

From April 1 through April 4, 2015, Richmond will commemorate this momentous event in American history through a powerful and inclusive four-day series of programs.

Richmond’s Journey is a collaborative effort among leaders of Richmond’s historical societies, museums, commissions, cultural and tourism organizations, and educational institutions to frame the upcoming sesquicentennial years in which our city and the nation will commemorate the anniversaries of the Civil War and Emancipation. It sponsors public programs, special events and inclusive conversations to advance a better understanding of our city’s shared history.