VIRGINIA'S MOST HISTORIC PLANTATION
Berkeley Plantation believes that Black Lives Matter.
We believe that Black Americans, Indigenous People and their descendants deserve justice, respect and support as they have suffered unimaginable tragedies and losses through enslavement and genocide at the foundation of America.
We believe that everyone in Virginia can come together and utilize history to facilitate empathy, education and healing. We support and honor the African American community in their efforts to create their narrative and stand up for equality, respect and justice.
As a historic site and museum we welcome and encourage all voices. For too long Virginia’s history was told from a perspective which marginalized many communities and perpetuated discrimination. We recognize that enslaved people were present at Berkeley plantation during the period of tobacco farming in colonial times and up to the Civil War. We are working with researchers and historians to uncover all aspects of this site's past and there is much work and responsibility ahead to make this site a place for healing and awareness.
Berkeley Plantation house museum and the surrounding historic grounds have a responsibility to help preserve these sites and property for future historians and scholars. We welcome new research and educational opportunities which reveal the injustice, resilience and untold story of all marginalized people. We feel that history should be inclusive and provide both breadth and depth so that we all can move forward collectively as Americans honorably and respectively.
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