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Lucy F. Simms Center
620 Simms Ave Harrisonburg, VA 22801
New Exhibition opens April 25th. The center has a speaker series and host the annual Soul Food Dinners. The Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center has a gymnasium, fitness room, and nine station computer lab, four classrooms, conference room, and Parks and Recreation staff office.

Ralph Sampson Park
431 East Washington St Harrisonburg, VA 22802
This park covers 31 acres, has two picnic shelters, restroom facilities, two tennis courts, three basketball courts, playground equipment, a sports field, and horseshoe pits. A recently added, natural surface walking trail (0.3 miles) runs through the park as well. This park surrounds the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center. The Annual African American Festival takes place here.

Newtown Cemetery
The land for Newtown Cemetery was purchased in 1868 for burial of local African-Americans. This is the only black cemetery in Harrisonburg. It is located in the historic 'Newtown' section of town that was the early settlement of freed slaves, now known as the Northeast Neighborhood.

425 Hill Street- Opening Soon!
This will be the future home of the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project.  It is right next to the Newtown Cemetery, which is a perfect place for a small research center.  It will house their library, research and exhibit the great work by James Madison University and the contributions received from other Valley Historians and individuals. The plan is to also expand their network of historical landmarks in the Valley.