John J. Wright

Educational & Cultural Center Museum

Home of the 23rd Regiment U. S. Colored Infantry
7565 Courthouse Rd * Spotsylvania, VA  22551-2706

(540) 582-7583, ext 5545 * (540) 582-3945 (fax)



Become a member today.  Yearly rates are $25 for individuals; $50 for families.  Check our Membership & Giving page for more information

Click HERE for information about the 23rd Infantry Regiment USCT

Above:  Our museum is the first and last destination on the African American Heritage Trail.  Get your copy of the full award-winning 52-page booklet from  (photo of the cover below).

New Exhibit Coming in May

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 23rd U. S. Colored Infantry in battle right here in Spotsylvania.  Our new exhibit, "Fight, Hurt, Treat," examines and compares the advance of medical technology from the local battlefields to today.  Our fighting men's sacrifices were not in vain.

Welcome to this unique Rappahannock region museum 


Museum Hours

Hours:  Thursday - Saturday, 10am to 3pm

Groups by appointment (directions, click HERE)


Our museum is named after the man who, in 1905, organized a community of black baptist churches to focus on developing high school education.  As such, our permanent exhibit tells the history of African American education in Spotsylvania, while our rotating exhibits explore subjects that impact all county residents.  A comparative historical approach allows us to show events through time - making them relevant to every visitor who comes through our doors. 


     Come and see for yourself . . .



Because our museum is located INSIDE of a building that serves Spotsylvania students, all visitors on Thursdays and Fridays during school hours must bring a PHOTO IDENTIFICATION, present it at the Main Office desk for verification, sign in, and be escorted to our museum.  Thank you for understanding and for helping to keep students and staff safe.