African American Heritage Trail


Since 2020, an African American Heritage Trail has been included in the City’s Goals, Initiatives, and Outcomes (GIOs), a document that outlines the two-year workplan for the City. 

In January 2023, the federal government passed legislation that includes $357,000 for Phase 1 of the City’s African American Heritage Trail. Phase 1 includes the construction of the trailhead at Lafayette Street, a public restroom, and the first segment of the trail from Lafayette Street to Scotland Street.

In the current GIOs for 2023-24, the City’s goal is to convene members of the Descendant community and other City residents to advise on the content for the African American Heritage Trail; begin construction of Phase 1; and obtain funding for the remaining phases.

African American Heritage Trail Opens in new windowThe City of Williamsburg is gathering community input on the content of the planned African American Heritage Trail through two sessions, one in-person and one virtual, and an online form.

  • In-Person: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4 at Quarterpath Recreation Center, 202 Quarterpath Road
  • Virtual Meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7; register here
  • Online form (below)

We are looking to identify stories and sites the Williamsburg community would like to highlight on the trail, which aims to tell the full story of the City’s racial history.

The trail will follow the path outlined in the map on this page.

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