The Leigh Street Armory
James Branch Cabell Library, 1st Floor
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284
The Leigh Street Armory in Richmond's historic Jackson Ward neighborhood, thought to be the first armory in United States history to have been manned by African American militiamen, has served important military and cultural roles since its completion in 1895. This traveling exhibit, created by the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, tells the complex story of the Leigh Street Armory, focusing on four periods in its ongoing life: its beginnings, its military use by African American militiamen, its conversion to a community center and the present-day project seeking to save it from its decline.
The exhibit is free and open to the public during all normal library hours. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call Gregory Kimbrell, membership and events coordinator, at (804) 828-0593.
Image: The Leigh Street Armory, in Jackson Ward, Richmond, Virginia, Morgan Riley