About Us


The Burke Brown Steppe Chapter of Charlottesville and Albemarle County first met in November 1995 at the offices of Region Ten Community Services then on Market Street in Charlottesville. Twelve people attended the initial organizational meeting. Since 1996 the group has presented exhibits which celebrate our heritage and helps encourage people to recall family and friends. These exhibits have been displayed at the annual African American Cultural Arts Festival, at libraries, schools, community centers, and other gathering places. The group also assists with other projects that add to community understanding.

As an informal group, AAGG supports its efforts by occasional fund raising, dues, or donations. The group meets at 6:30 on the third Wednesday of each month. Copies of some of the group's research efforts have been placed in a section of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Historical Collection located within the Historical Society's building.  The name change honors the co-founder Caruso Brown, late co-founder Julian Burke, and the late Blanche Steppe, who was one of the original members.