The Adele Johnson Fund Supporting Untold Stories was created in 2021 to honor the legacy of the well-known, well-loved leader of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Adele truly believed in the mission of the museum to preserve stories that inspire. She often said that the museum told the untold stories, the undertold stories, and the often forgotten stories of African Americans because Black history is part of America’s history and we should tell a more complete, a more inclusive story.
Adele’s goal was that the museum would no longer be the best kept secret in Richmond and the fund was created to support that goal. The Adele Johnson Fund Supporting Untold Stories will support all aspects of the museum so that it can continue to be a beacon for Virginia’s African American history. Our goal is to raise $1M as seed funding with the longer term goal of creating a fund that supports BHMVA operations for years to come.
BHMVA tells stories of African Americans that are not seen or heard in other places. These stories connect us to each other and connect our past to our future. Marcus Garvey said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots”. These untold stories are critical factors for success in achieving an inclusive culture. Critical, because they help us to See Difference Differently. The Adele Johnson Fund Supporting Untold Stories will deepen and strengthen the roots of our community and our culture so that we and our generations to come can grow together..
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