Black History Month Spotlight
Celebrate the History
The Fayette Area Historical Initiative, FAHI, is Martinsville - Henry County’s African - American history museum located in Uptown Martinsville. FAHI was created to collect, preserve, and interpret African American experiences and community life in Martinsville - Henry County. This is achieved with the use of displays and exhibits to highlight history and culture. (Call ahead - by appointment only)
The Baldwin Block Canvases, displayed outside the Baldwin Building (New College Institute), depict a streetscape view of buildings and places significant to the history of this location on Fayette Street and the culture, including the Baldwin Pharmacy, Jobbers Pants Co., and Saint Mary’s Hospital among others.
The Bassett Historical Center currently houses over 35,000 genealogy books, manuscripts, genealogy family files, local history files, family photograph files, and periodicals. Within their massive collection you can find Henry County’s Cohabitation List and the book Afro-American Marriages of Henry County, Virginia, by Harris and Millner.
The June German Ball Mural depicts a fictional scene from one of Martinsville's famed June German Balls, which were popular within the African American community in the early part of the 20th century. These balls were held yearly, in the heat of June, and featured celebrated entertainers from the Jazz age like Jimmie Lunceford & His Dance Orchestra, who performed at the event in 1938.
Special Events & Exhibits
Support the Future- Support Black-Owned Businesses in MHC
This month - and every month - we are celebrating the many diverse Black-owned businesses that make Martinsville - Henry County a unique and vibrant community.
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