Determined: The 400-year Struggle for Black Equality
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond
June 22, 2019 to March 29, 2020

The Determined exhibition explored the advances and setbacks, triumphs and trials of African Americans on the long and unfinished journey from arrival in 1619 through the fight for freedom, equality, and justice to the present, and showed how these experiences profoundly shaped the nature of American democracy and culture. The exhibition profiled 30 individuals and key historical events that shaped American history, and included more than 100 evocative objects, including works of art and signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment as well as multimedia interpretive content. Visitors encountered the personal stories of historical and contemporary figures such as James Armistead Lafayette, Mary S. Peake, Barbara Johns Powell, Arthur R. Ashe, Jr., Governor L. Douglas Wilder, and Missy Elliot as well as many others. Designed in chronological sections, the exhibition included the colonial period, the American Revolution through the Civil War, reconstruction through World War II, and the civil rights movement through today. Jamie O. Bosket, the museum’s president and CEO said “2019 will be remembered as a turning point for the Virginia Museum of History & Culture — a year of growth and progress. We welcomed 75,000 people to experience the highly acclaimed exhibition, “Determined: The 400 Year Struggle for Black Equality,” and 2019 was the single busiest year in our institution’s nearly two centuries with some 110,000 guests overall.”