Saturday is the day for the official dedication of Arthur Ashe Boulevard, the 2-mile thoroughfare in Richmond formerly named the Boulevard.
Here’s everything you need to know about the events honoring Ashe, the late tennis champion and humanitarian from Richmond.
The dedication ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.
The ceremony, which is free to the public, will include a sign unveiling. Scheduled speakers include Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a longtime civil rights leader, as well as local and state elected officials.
Parking will be available at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ parking garage; entry is free until 11 a.m. The parking lot of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture will not be open until approximately 1 p.m.
Free round-trip shuttle service to and from the VMHC will be available from the parking lot of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center at 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. next to The Diamond.
Arthur Ashe Boulevard will be closed Saturday from Hanover Avenue to Park Avenue until after the ceremony. For more about road closures and parking restrictions, go to www.tinyurl.com/AsheClosures.
A community celebration will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. The kid-friendly event will feature tennis clinics, food trucks, face painting, music and more.
Also from 1 to 5 p.m., Friends of Battery Park will be hosting a celebration at North Richmond’s Battery Park, where Ashe learned to play tennis. The park is located at Overbrook Road and Hawthorne Avenue.
The Battery Park celebration will include tennis skill games for ages 5 and older, as well as music, food and prizes. There will also be tours of the park’s pedestrian tunnel — which is painted with a mural honoring Ashe — and an unveiling of a plaque for the mural, which was completed in 2017.
From 2 to 4 p.m., Rep. Don McEachin, D-4th, will host members of the Congressional Black Caucus for a “State of Black America” town hall at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.
Participating members of Congress will include Rep. Karen Bass, D-Texas, the chair of the caucus; Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev.; Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas; and Virginia’s Rep. Bobby Scott, D-3rd.
The town hall will be held in the museum’s Robins Family Forum. The event is free to the public, but space will be limited. To ensure seating, register online at https://tinyurl.com/TownHallSeats.
Admission to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, which will open after the dedication ceremony concludes, will be free on Saturday.
A new exhibition, “Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality,” opens Saturday and includes such artifacts as a copy of the 13th Amendment signed by Abraham Lincoln; coverage of L. Douglas Wilder’s election to Virginia governor; Ashe’s tennis shoes; and a spent tear gas canister from the Unite the Right white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017.
Visitors can also explore “Ashe ’68,” an eight-minute virtual reality experience that takes viewers into the moments before Ashe’s historic win at the 1968 U.S. Open. On the sidewalk in front of the museum, the public can check out photos of Ashe’s U.S. Open victory by Life photographer John Zimmerman. The photos will be on view through July 7.
Finally, the official after-party will be held at the Graduate Richmond hotel, at 301 W. Franklin St., from 8 to 11 p.m.
The rooftop bar will be for ages 21 and older. DJ Alex will provide the music.