Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia
122 W. Leigh Street
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement
The mission of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is to present the complex experiences of the peoples of Africa and African descent, with an emphasis on Virginians, by collecting, preserving and interpreting historical and cultural artifacts.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Adele Johnson
Board Chair Dr. Monroe Harris Jr
Board Chair Company Affiliation Virginia Oral Surgery
Contact Information
Address 122 W. Leigh Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 780-9093
Fax 804 780-9107
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $800,000.00
Projected Expenses $600,000.00
The mission of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is to present the complex experiences of the peoples of Africa and African descent, with an emphasis on Virginians, by collecting, preserving and interpreting historical and cultural artifacts.

Our most important accomplishments for the past year include:

  • Presenting four history/cultural/art exhibitions that are educational, engaging, enlightening, and profitable
  • Hosted the first annual Children's Book Festival for 600 participating first and second graders to enhance literacy skills, inspire continued reading and add 5 new books to each of their home libraries
  • Strengthening community and museum partnerships including four school districts - Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, and Chesterfield; 
  • Welcoming 20,000 visitors from Richmond and beyond; and
  • Offering programming that addresses difficult topics such as the affects of lynchings on families; raising AIDS awareness; and the story behind the Virginia laws against interracial marriage.
Goals for the coming year include:
  • Completion of our strategic planning process
  • Continue to implement our development plan focusing on membership, grant writing, individual gifts, and revenue producing programs
  • Hire an office manager to improve the capacity of staff to serve our stakeholders
  • Conduct a communications assessment and implement recommendations
  • Develop and implement long term planning processes for exhibitions and programming

Our top most pressing needs are:

  • Secure $1.5 million to support staff and operating expenses for initial years of museum's operation in the newly renovated building
  • Complete creation of a docent program in order to offer more guided tours and free staff time
  • Further strengthen the Board of Directors to ensure a well-rounded development effort
  • Repair/renovate former museum building to properly store collections and artifacts
  • Refurbish collections in preparation for exhibition which will reduce our cash outlay
The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia was founded in 1981 by Carroll W. Anderson Sr. It opened to the public in 1991. The Black History Museum was originally located at 00 Clay Street in Historic Jackson Ward in an 1832 mansion that has served many purposes, including a private home, a club for African-American military servicemen and the Rosa Dixon Bowser (segregated) branch of the Richmond Public Library system.

The Museum is a private 501(c)(3) institution, governed by a board of directors.  Its mission is to present the complex experiences of the peoples of Africa and African descent, with an emphasis on Virginians, by collecting, preserving, and interpreting historical and cultural artifacts. Further, the Black History Museum strives to increase its impact on its patrons by educating the public on Virginia's African American history, elevating the nature of the conversation on history and race, and empowering individuals --particularly youth--to reach their highest potential.  

Anchored by the permanent exhibition, In Pursuit of Freedom, Justice and Equality, the Museum offers independent and exhibition-related programming that appeals to adults, youth and families.
The museum now resides in the newly-restored historic Leigh Street Armory, one of the first armories built for black militiamen in Richmond.  
CEO Statement

The mission of the Black History Museum is to preserve stories that inspire – we tell the unknown, or sometimes forgotten stories.  Stories of struggles and contributions made by African Americans.  What we share is not only Black history it’s America’s history and we want these stories to be integrated into America’s history where they should be.  This museum belongs to all of us/you; and our success is dependent upon community support.  

Areas of Service
Areas Served
The Black History Museum focuses exhibitions and storytelling on the history and experiences of African Americans in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, visitors to the BHM include tourists from Virginia, the nation and beyond.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Monroe Harris Jr
Company Affiliation Virginia Oral Surgery
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Kym Grinnage
Term July 2013 to June 2016
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Stacy L. Burrs Venture Richmond
Dr. Leonard Edloe Retired
Mr. Kym Grinnage WWBT - NBC12
Dr. Monroe Harris JrVirginia Oral and Facial Surgery
Mr. Brian Jackson Hirschler Fleischer
Ms. Penny J. McPherson Wells Fargo
Ms. Saundra Rollins Southside Senior Citizens Center
Ms. Marilyn H. West M.H. West & Co.
Ms. Kimberly J. Wilson University of Richmond
Mr. Richard Woodward VMFA
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Adele Johnson

Adele Johnson recently accepted the position of interim executive director of the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia. She has held leadership positions with Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, Capital One, and the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council.

Adele earned a Bachelor of Science degree in urban planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and has also received executive education certificates from Dartmouth College, University of Wisconsin, and the University of Richmond.

Senior Staff
Ms. Mary C. Lauderdale Museum Manager
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 10
Retention Rate 50
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Through Kidz@122 we will tell the stories of African Americans through activities that are fun and informative. By connecting children with history and culture, they'll gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. In the spirit of honoring African American pioneers and landmark events in black history, we engage children in activities that capture their senses.

For example, a story may be read about Madam C.J. Walker, the first African American millionaire, which would be followed with financial literacy activities so students learn about earning money, spending it wisely, saving money, and what it means to be a good consumer. Experienced instructors in each field prepare session plans with goals and learning objectives that integrate opportunities to foster and develop skills along with other expressions such as discovery, imagination, problem-solving, collaboration, and leadership. Participants receive related books and other items to nurture continued exploration.

Budget $48,000.00
When our community is dealing with difficult issues or when individuals just want to learn through an open dialogue, community conversations are a productive way to get thoughts and ideas on the table to create a better understanding and determine next steps. Community conversations are carefully facilitated dialogues that bring diverse stakeholders together to discuss critical issues. Community conversations can offer government officials, community leaders, neighbors, and friends an opportunity to engage a broad cross section of a community in productive, action-oriented deliberation.
Held 4-6 times annually, topics of conversations are selected by museum patrons and community members. Facilitators are engaged to participate based on the subject matter.
Budget $18,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments
BHMVA programming includes community conversations, literary
presentations, social gatherings, documentary premiers, kids activities, historic portrayals, and cultural activities. Community connections are
essential to the success of BHMVA and must therefore engage community members for their input and feedback and also to participate as volunteers.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $800,000.00
Projected Expenses $600,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$128,964$36,724$35,755
Individual Contributions$783,242$752,003$666,054
Investment Income, Net of Losses$16$7$9
Membership Dues$26,710$1,595$310
Special Events--$19,750--
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$214,707$119,963$127,782
Administration Expense$76,243$59,598$56,076
Fundraising Expense$13,647$6,688$9,029
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses3.964.357.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%64%66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,801,890$2,732,917$2,314,026
Current Assets$2,745,557$44,701$51,979
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$104,500
Current Liabilities$67,711$0--
Total Net Assets$3,734,179$2,732,917$2,209,526
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities40.55----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%5%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Michael W. Hutzapple, CPA LTD.
  • Financial information obtained from the audited financial statements.