Many individuals in Virginia communities have the desire to preserve the history of family records, churches, cemeteries, schools and archives. However, studies show that only 1% of preservation professionals are African American. If the idea of preservation speaks to your interest and passion for African American communities, we encourage you to apply for a new fellowship program. 2023 is the inaugural year of Preservation Virginia’s African American Fellows (AAF) program, a paid position where you’ll learn the many facets of our preservation work with members of the staff and community mentors.

This initiative is supported through a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. The goal of AAF is to create a pipeline of new professionals in to the field of historic preservation by:

● Identifying, supporting and providing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, emerging professionals in preservation-related fields, African American scholars, creatives and experts in historic, social justice and preservation disciplines

● Amplifying and preserving the full Virginia Story through our Voices Remembered Initiative

● Providing greater diversity in the field of preservation with more significant consideration to the African American communities in Virginia

● Providing participants with a pathway to careers in historic preservation related fields.

We intend to meet this goal by providing paid fellowships each year with the fundamentals, experience and mentorship necessary to prepare preservationists of color for careers, professional opportunities, research and the sheer love of communities specific and unique to you.

The application due date for this $7,500 Fellowship is Friday, December 30th. If you are interested in becoming a fellow, fill out the application form online, or contact Dr. Lisa Winn Bryan at and 804-573-9676.

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African American Fellows Program Application

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