A building African-Americans were formerly barred from will now bear the name of one of Virginia’s teenage civil rights activists. Governor Terry McAuliffe has dedicated the renovated “hotel Richmond” to Barbara Johns.
The building also houses the Attorney General’s office. At the ceremony, Attorney General Mark Herring detailed the history of Johns’ strike against subpar school resources leading to a pivotal Supreme Court case.
The new Barbara Johns building is located at the corner of Grace and 9th.
Watch the entire dedication ceremony held on February 23, 2017: