The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (BHMVA) has named Adele Johnson as executive director, effective Jan. 1.
A former executive director of the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, Johnson has been serving as interim executive director for over a year, according to a press release.
“Our mission is to tell stories that inspire. We tell the stories of African-Americans through interactive and informative exhibitions, engaging and educational programming, and fun activities for all people," said Johnson in the release. "The Black History Museum is the best kept secret in Richmond and I hope that through our concerted efforts, everyone will become aware of who we are, so we won’t be a secret any longer!”
Children and youth programming were mentioned as new venues that Johnson hopes to enhance at the Black History Museum with programs like the Children's Book Festival, Kidz@122 and Hands on History.
Board chairperson Dr. Monroe Harris said in the release: “We couldn’t be happier about Adele joining the museum staff. Since stepping in as interim director, she has done so much to move the museum forward. Her expertise in fund development and nonprofit leadership, coupled with her passion for African American culture make her the ideal fit for the museum.”