Walker-Grant High School Class of 1950 Stages Graduation Protest at Fredericksburg Community Center
Located in front of the Dorothy Hart Community Center at 408 Canal Street, this panel shares the history of June 6, 1950. On this day the Walker-Grant graduating class, dressed in cap and gown, marched with their supporters to the community center to protest their treatment for not being allowed to use a publicly-funded building because of the color of their skin.
Located at the corner of Wolfe and Princess Anne Streets, this panel shares a view of the 500 block of Princess Anne Street, where numerous African American-owned businesses were once located. Several businesses in this block were listed in the Green Book, a guidebook for African American travelers that showed where safe accommodations including restaurants, gas stations, and hotels could be found in a time when African American travelers were frequently met with intimidation and outright discrimination.
Located on Princess Anne Street, this historical panel points visitors to the former location of Fredericksburg's bus depot, now the site of the fire station. On May 4, 1961, the Fredericksburg bus depot became the Freedom Riders' first stop at the start of a seven-month campaign to challenge the racial status quo in states throughout the American south.
In the late 18th century, John DeBaptiste, a free Black man, established a shipping wharf where Canal Street meets the Rappahannock River and eventually purchased the land as well. He was a successful entrepreneur who operated this business as well as the Falmouth Ferry (located closer to the site of the Chatham Bridge) in a time when no bridges crossed the river at Fredericksburg.