Day One: Appomattox & Lynchburg
In Appomattox, Virginia, visit the Carver Price Legacy Museum. The museum documents the history of Carver-Price High School, the high school for black students during segregation. In 1959, Prince Edward County closed its entire school system instead of integrating students and the schools remained closed until 1964. During this time, black students from Prince Edward County sought education in other counties, and enrollment with Carver-Price rose to a surplus of 50 students per class. In 1964 eleven classrooms along with an auditorium and a new library were added to Carver-Price High School. Tours can be arranged by filling in the online form.
Three minutes from the Carver Price Legacy Museum is Historic Camp Winonah, home of Mozella Price. Mozella Jordan Price was instrumental in improving the education and quality of life for black residents. She opened her home as a mid-school when the local primary school burned down and she was a foster parent to many children. Visitors can visit her home, learn about her legacy and the history of Camp Winonah, and view original camp artifacts.
After the museum, drive approximately 18 miles to Barb & # 39; s Dream Hut and try the burger or one of their signature breakfasts. Barb & # 39; s is located in the Lynchburg Community Market, where owner Barb has served breakfast and lunch options for over 34 years.
Save room for a lemon donut with Mrs. Joy's Absolutely Fabulous Treats.
After dinner, take some time to stroll around Lynchburg in the historic Pierce Street district. This is a small two-block stretch that stands out most to the people who once lived there, rather than the actual buildings.
Photo Credit: David Hungate
Then head to Soul Food Express and grab a fish plate. There are actually 3 locations in Danville; the original is located at 258 Nor-Dan Dr, Danville, VA 24540. Their servings are huge!
Now is the time to burn some calories! Drive to the Danville Riverwalk Trail. Walk or bike this 9 mile trail that runs along the Dan River.
Time for a reward at Mas Cakes via Wendell Scott Drive. Wendell Scott was the first Black Nascar driver born here in Danville. Wendell started driving at the Dixie Circuit because he was not allowed to race in Nascar. He was later inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Owned by Mary and Charles Walker, Mas Cakes is a legend in the area. Grab a slice of cake or a whole cake. Check their Facebook page for hours and updates.
Another reward can be a large pint of craft beer. There are always many options on tap at Ballad Brewing.
Day three: Petersburg
Today you will spend the day just south of Richmond in Petersburg. The area around Petersburg is filled with rich black American experiences and heritage ranging from the early settlers to civil rights. In the early 1800s, Petersburg had the largest population of free black citizens in the south. These freed black Americans helped the enslaved blacks in the area escape via the Underground Railroad.
First, drive past or take a walk and stop at the building that stands on the corner of Fillmore and Harrison Streets. This is the site of the first public high school for black students in Virginia and one of the oldest in the South.
Interested in seeing the oldest black church in North America? "First Baptist is the oldest church in North America," said Julian Greene, Jr., historian of the First Baptist Church. "Before there was a declaration of independence, before there was a US Constitution, before there was a continental army, there was a First Baptist." Visit the First Baptist Church and hear Julian Greene's stories by calling the church directly.
Visit Virginia State University (VSU). It was the first four-year fully state-sponsored institution of higher education for black Americans. VSU is the parent institution of Norfolk State University. With a student population of approximately 4,000, the university has beautiful landscapes overlooking the Appomattox River.