Commemorating the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and the end of American slavery

Our nation will soon commemorate the 150th anniversaries of two of the major events in American history: the Civil War and the end of American slavery.

These anniversaries offer Richmond a unique opportunity as well as a special responsibility. As the former capital of the Confederacy and as a center of the nation’s slave trade, our city can help Americans better understand our shared history.

The Future of Richmond's Past is a collaborative effort among leaders of Richmond's historical societies, museums, commissions, cultural and tourism organizations, and educational institutions to frame the upcoming sesquicentennial years in which our city and the nation will commemorate the anniversaries of the Civil War and Emancipation. It sponsors public programs and special events and inclusive conversations to advance a better understanding of our city's shared history.

Anniversary Events


Civil War and Emancipation Day:
The 150th Anniversaries
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.