Riggs Ward worked with Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia to develop their inaugural exhibit: "In Pursuit of Freedom, Justice, and Equality." The exhibit explores the stories and experiences of black Virginians through the theme of resistance. The interactive timeline of black history in the first floor hallway spans centuries of stories with an emphasis on the accomplishments of black Virginians and Virginia based events.
In the permanent exhibits, interactive touchscreens, graphics, and an artistic interpretation of the Emancipation Oak, the oak tree where the Emancipation Proclamation was first read in Virginia, invite the visitor to learn about the many black Virginians who resisted inequality and persevered toward freedom, justice and equality.
Riggs Ward also designed the replica Woolworths cafe in the museum lobby to create an immersive environment to learn about the Virginia Union University students who staged a sit-in to protest the segregated lunch counters of the Richmond Woolworths.
Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia