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Arthur Ashe Boulevard Dedication and Grand Opening of Groundbreaking Exhibition “Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality”

Saturday, June 22, 11:00am12:30pm
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Arthur Ashe The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC), in partnership with the City of Richmond, Arthur Ashe Boulevard Initiative, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, will co-host the official dedication ceremony of Arthur Ashe Boulevard on Saturday, June 22 at 11:00 am on the museum’s front lawn, 428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard.

The dedication will include:

  • a ceremonial sign unveiling,

  • remarks from local and state elected officials, and

  • remarks from renowned civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis (GA-05).

The event is free and open to the public. Tell us if you are planning to attend.


Please note the following important information:

  • Free event parking will be available at the VMFA parking garage (free entry until 11:00 am) and Arthur Ashe Athletic Center (with free round-trip shuttle service to/from the VMHC).

  • Arthur Ashe Boulevard (from Hanover Ave. to Park Ave.) will be closed on Saturday until after the ceremony. Kensington Ave (from N Sheppard St. to Arthur Ashe Boulevard) will also be closed. See more info about road closures.

  • The VMHC galleries and library will open to the public following the ceremony at 12:30 pm.

  • The VMHC parking lot will open at approximately 1:00 pm.


Following the dedication ceremony, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) will host members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) at the museum for a State of Black America town hall from 2:00 to 4:00 pm where members of the CBC will discuss a variety of pressing issues affecting Black Americans.

Participating members of Congress include:

  • Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04)
  • CBC Chair Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37)
  • Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04)
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
  • Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03)

This event is also free and open to the public. RSVP here.


Be sure to plan on visiting the Determined exhibition while you’re at the museum. Please note that admission to the museum is complimentary on the exhibition opening day, June 22, 2019. Also check out the Ashe '68 Virtual Reality Experience and Ashe '68 Photo Exhibit as part of the Determined exhibition.


Arthur Ashe Dedication Ceremony generously supported by

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Read the first comprehensive, authoritative biography of American icon Arthur Ashe—a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual.
Book cover for Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault
In this book, Hall has created an intimate, nuanced portrait of a great athlete who stood at the crossroads of sports and equal justice.
Book cover for Arthur Ashe: Tennis and Justice in the Civil Rights Era by Eric Allen Hall

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