The IGLHDHC promotes the study of local history in Charlottesville and Albemarle County and fosters a deeper understanding of our community’s lived environment. Through its various collections, the Heritage Center provides access to and disseminates narratives that are relevant locally and add to the larger history of African Americans in Virginia and the nation.
New research uncovered by the Heritage Center’s affiliated scholars will facilitate the expansion of our permanent installations and subsequent exhibitions. Additionally, local and nationally known artists will be commissioned to use the collected oral histories and other materials as fodder for new theater, films, and musical scores. Through E-publishing, the Heritage Center provides a cost-effective way for lay scholars to disseminate their research.
To facilitate their research, visitors to the Heritage Center can utilize Ancestory.com, Heritage Quest and African American Newspapers. We are available by appointment.