African American Genealogy Group

The African American Genealogy Group of Charlottesville and Albemarle County first met in November 1995 at the offices of the Region Ten Community Services then on Market Street in Charlottesville. Twelve people attended the initial organizational meeting. Its co-founders, Julian Burke and Caruso Brown, continue to encourage members working on stories of their immediate and extended families. Since 1996 the group has presented exhibits which celebrate our heritage and helps encourage people to recall family and friends. These exhibits are displayed at the annual AfricanAmerican Cultural Arts Festival, at libraries, schools, community centers, and other gathering places. As in this work, the group also assists with other projects that add to community understanding.

As an informal group the African American Genealogy Group supports its efforts by occasional fund raising, dues, or donations. At 6:30 on the third Wednesday of each month the group meets at the Quality Community Council Building, 327 W. Main St., behind Awful Arthurs Restaurant. Copies of some of the group's research efforts have been placed in a section of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Historical Collection located in the Albemarle Historical Society's building at 200 2nd St. NE.