Fredericksburg Virginia Trails (African American)

The African American heritage driving tour starts with a narrative about the first slaves arriving at "City Dock" but also encompasses the Colonial and Revolutionary period when the population of slaves and free blacks was about the same as the white population. The driving tour passes Kenmore, where Fielding Lewis ran a school for slaves, Shiloh Old Site and Shiloh New Site Churches, the Auction Block, and the Moncure Conway House, childhood home of the renowned abolitionist. The tour ends with Civil War history and a drive near Sunken Road, past the National Cemetery where the grave of Urbane Bass is located. Bass, the first black doctor who volunteered to serve in the Army was killed in France in World War I. He was the first black officer buried in the cemetery. Additional stops can be added to this driving tour.