Jackson Ward museum expands leadership team

10/15/2013, 3:25 p.m.
The Black History Museum nd Cultural Center of Virginia (BHM) recently added to its leadership, a move meant to complement ...
Dr. Monroe E. Harris, Jr.,chairman-BHM capital campaign; Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones; Thomas F. Farrell, chairman, president, and CEO-Dominion; Stacy L. Burrs; and Dr. Maureen Elgersman Lee.

— The Black History Museum nd Cultural Center of Virginia (BHM) recently added to its leadership, a move meant to complement its “Bold Vision, Bright Future” campaign to renovate and relocate to the Leigh Street Armory.

Stacy L. Burrs, the former head of the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise, is now the museum’s chief executive officer. Burrs served as the museum’s board president since 2006.

Former executive director, Dr. Maureen Elgersman Lee recently accepted a position as chairperson of the Department of Political Science and History at Hampton University.

Marilyn H. West, chair and CEO of M.H. West and Co., Inc., is the museum’d board of directors’ new president. Noted oral surgeon Dr. Monroe Harris will serve as chair of the Capital Campaign Committee and has also joined the museum’s board. Jon C. King, president and CEO of exclusive staffing, Brian Jackson, partner at Hirschler Fleisher P.C., and Darius Johnson, president of Premier Bank-Consolidated Division, have also joined the board. Completing the 2013 class of board members are Saundra Rollins, director of the Southside Adult Day Care Center and Penny Johnson-McPherson, VP, Wells Fargo.

The museum is partnering with the Richmond Department of Economic and Community Development to transform the historic Leigh Street Armory into the museum’s new home. Local architect, Burt Pinnock, of Baskervill, and local developer Mike Hopkins of The M Companies, are working on design and development services, respectively. The BHM at the Leigh Street Armory is scheduled of open in first quarter of 2015.

To date, BHM has received $3.15 million in firm commitments, including a $500,000 lead grant from Dominion Resources. Other major commitments have been made by the Parson’s Foundation, the Cabell Foundation and Health Diagnostics Laboratories. A $600,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and a match of $600,000 from the city of Richmond round out the major commitments to date.