Igbo Village Rebuilding and Maintenance

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.

Details

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.

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Testimonials

My Experience at Igbo Village -1

I could tell that building this exhibit was not a simple task. Even the mud used to build the homes was shipped from the home country itself. The hard work and dedication of the creators of this exhibit is shown in the careful detailing of the Village. Even live animals were brought to enhance the “wow” factor

Julian Ogbonna, Atlanta, GA, USA
Focus Children School

Virginia Trip Essay

My trip to Virginia was very fun, exciting, and educational. I got to learn more about where I come from and the way we dress and different things like that. I learned a lot at the Frontier Culture Museum [Igbo Village]. Read more “Virginia Trip Essay”

Ifenlota Ejikeme, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo School

Igbo Village Virginia Trip -3

One thing I will not forget is how when we performed, everyone was on their feet and cheering us on and the crowd was so loud for us . . . More than anything, the dance performances, the masquerade, skits were my favorite part of the trip. Read more “Igbo Village Virginia Trip -3”

Elizabeth Orusa, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo School

Igbo Village Virginia Trip -1

I like the Igbo Village because it actually looked like a real representation of how houses looked like in a village in Nigeria. From the sand, to the type of pots, to the instruments that were there all reminded me of the time I went to visit Nigeria with my own family. Read more “Igbo Village Virginia Trip -1”

Elizabeth Orusa, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo School

My Igbo Village Experience -2

I appreciate what CISA has done and I want to thank them for inviting us to be a part of this Igbo Village experience. We learned so much about our culture that we never knew and for that I am grateful and would love to go again. It is something I will never forget.

Chichi Ohaya, Atlanta, GA, USA
FCO/AIS

My Igbo Village Experience -1

We started having 2-3 hour practices every Sunday to ensure that we would be prepared to amaze everyone at Igbo Village. . . I had such a great time with my fellow youths and this experience made us all become even closer.

Chichi Ohaya, Atlanta, GA, USA
FCO/AIS

My Trip to Virginia (Igbo Village) -2

This event really opened my eyes to see how beautiful our culture is. From the music to the dancing to the food and clothes, they all played an important role in Igbo culture. When we came back home from our trip I took it upon my self to learn more about our culture. Read more “My Trip to Virginia (Igbo Village) -2”

Akumano Okafor, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo School

My Trip to Virginia (Igbo Village) -1

We met many other Igbo dancing groups from America. We mingled with them and ended up having a great time. . . and then we danced and got the best reaction from the crowd. That was an amazing experience for me. Right after our performance, our group was interviewed. Read more “My Trip to Virginia (Igbo Village) -1”

Akumano Okafor, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo Schoo

Virginia (Igbo Village) Trip

But the one that I liked the most out of all the things we did, was the party. I definitely enjoyed it. We all had a great time jamming to the music, meeting new people, and going to a lot of places. For the most part this trip was extraordinary. I thank all the people that put the Igbo Village together. Read more “Virginia (Igbo Village) Trip”

Chidozie Ohaya, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo School

A taste of home . . . Igbo Village

I felt that the Igbo Village had the chance to be a very enjoyable and successful trip that would not only better my knowledge on Igbo Culture but also help me bridge long lasting and fond memories. I thank the people that put Igbo Village together where we can come together to celebrate our culture. Read more “A taste of home . . . Igbo Village”

Chigozie Amaeze, Atlanta, GA, USA
Focus Children Organization

Igbo Village, Virginia

The visit to Igbo Village was very educational in many ways. The environments of the area was realistic, which helped when obtaining the facts given. It was entertaining, especially with the different dances presented from groups across the country.

Dumebi Ejikeme, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo School

Chisom Commends CISA

I will also thank the CISA people, and I appreciate that they have put this place [Igbo Village] together for us all. It allows to further connect with our culture. It also gives us the opportunity to meet others in our community that we may have never been able to see before. I hope that I will be able to come back and see this grow and touch more individuals.

Chisom Amaeze, Atlanta, GA, USA
Focus Children Organization