400th Commemoration gives special designation to 37 state historical highway markers

By February 7, 2019 No Comments

Historical highway markers celebrating African-American history in Richmond and across the state are at the center of a new initiative aimed at encouraging people to learn about the people and places that shaped the state.

The initiative, called Virginia History Trails, is being developed and promoted as the state prepares to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619.

State officials launched the initiative on Jan. 21, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, by unveiling the Virginia History Trails designation at a State Capitol history marker to Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that cleared the way for legal interracial marriages and laid the groundwork for gay marriage.