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Igbo Village is a life-size reconstruction of a West African farm village homestead in the 17th century – a time when Africans began arriving in America as enslaved workers. Located in Staunton, Virginia, the Village commemorates the centuries-long contributions of African (especially Igbo) ancestors to the economic development of Virginia and other American states.
The Village needs your support to rebuild its damaged structures and preserve it for posterity.
10 years after its construction, the Igbo Village is showing major wear and tear from years of weather-related effects on its mud walls and thatched roofs.
In 2019, the perimeter wall and entry gateway into the Village collapsed.
Following an inspection in February 2020 to assess the effects of winter on the Village, it was discovered that most of the buildings are not just deteriorating visually, they are extremely unstable and a serious safety hazard.
Three of the structures (on the right side of the Village) have partially collapsed, have out of plumb walls, and are not repairable. They must be torn down. The remaining structures will need to be refreshed and stabilized.
Access to the interiors of any of the buildings in the Village is now blocked due to concerns about their structural integrity.
In the mid to long term, the Village needs to be redesigned and the irreparable structures rebuilt.
It will cost approximately $200,000 to make the necessary repairs, but this should result in a more sustainable site with greater flexibility and utility.
Please support the Igbo Village rebuilding/maintenance initiative by making a donation.