Design your own exploration of African American cultural and Heritage experiences in Newport News

Visitors and residents are invited to learn the heritage of African American culture, try delectable dishes at Black-owned restaurants, visit vibrant art and museum exhibitions, and so much more right in the heart of Coastal Virginia. 

Read the press release here.

Festivals & Events
Festivals & Events
Festivals & Events

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Plan your tour of Newport News' African American Cultural Experiences (AACE) by visiting the AACE Storymap - an immersive experience that lets you map out the important historical landmarks and museums, discover opportunities to support local Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, see the contributions in the visual arts, and find the physical locations where generations ago significant Newport News African American accomplishments were made and may now be gone but not forgotten. 

Download the AACE Pass!

You can earn discounts and prizes by visiting different pass locations, and it’s all FREE! Download the pass today and start exploring!

Explore History

Many African American accomplishments happened in Newport News. These sites may be gone but they are not forgotten.

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