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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 StreetWest 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


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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