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African American History Month

Story Tour of Chesapeake, VA

A Narrated Experience of African American History Highlights

February is African American History Month. Here in Chesapeake, Virginia, we are rich with stories related to the African American experience. We are excited to discuss people and places that are part of not only Chesapeake's, but America’s story.

Preaching & Teaching - Legacies in Church & Education

Communities of faith and excellence in education are a key part of the story of African American life and culture. Join us as we share highlights of a few of Chesapeake, Virginia’s historic African American churches, and their ties to legacies in education.



Honor in Battle

Chesapeake, Virginia has played a key part in the fight for liberty and freedom in America. Join us to hear unique stories of the African American experience and honor in battle during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.



The Great Dismal Swamp

It happened here in Chesapeake, Virginia. Resilience. Determination. Fortitude. Emancipation. Join us as we share stories of Maroon Communities, the Underground Railroad and their ties to our waterways, and much more.


More Chesapeake History







Archaeology of Resilience:
Life in the Great Dismal Swamp Comic

This comic book was made possible by a grant from Lyda Hill Philanthropies and the AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador mini-grant program. This book shares the story of the Maroon community that lived in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

Click on the image to the left to enjoy the story.

The following books are available for purchase at the Chesapeake Visitor Center. 

Chesapeake Visitor Center
1224 Progressive Drive
Chesapeake, VA  23320
(757) 382-6411

A Desolate Place for a Defiant People. Daniel O. Sayers

Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band. Kwame Alexander

City of Refuge. Marcus P. Nevius

Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy. Moses Grandy

Surf’s Up. Kwame Alexander
Swing. Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess
Unbound A Novel in Verse. Ann E. Burg
Virginia Waterways and the Underground Railroad. Cassandra L. Newby Alexander, PhD