Quoit Club | The Black History MuseumThursday, October 15, 6 – 8 pm The Black History Museum | Leigh Street Armory 122 West Leigh Street This castle-like armory is the oldest African American armory in Virginia. Made of red brick, it is trimmed with granite and terra-cotta crenellation along the roofline. According to Selden Richardson’s Built by Blacks, before the establishment of the modern National Guard, cities like Richmond sponsored military units which could be called out in an emergency, but which were, for the most part, social organizations.
John Mitchell, Jr., a leader of the black community in the 1890’s lobbied hard to have this building constructed as a symbol of equality with the white militias and their lofty castle-like headquarters. This building was constructed in 1895 and has served at various times as an armory, school, warehouse, and during World War II, a reception center for black servicemen.
It is the oldest armory building still standing in Virginia and one of only three in the country built exclusively for African American troops. The City of Richmond owned the Armory since it was built and is now the future home of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.
Mix and mingle with great people, enjoy fantastic food and drink and absorb fascinating expert commentary on Richmond history, architecture and culture. Part Happy Hour and part field trip, there’s nothing quite like a Quoit Club event.
Event is free for Quoit Club members.
Single Event Tickets: $20 at the door.
2015 Historic Richmond Quoit Club sponsored by: