African Americans of Petersburg, Virginia (Images of America Series)

African Americans of Petersburg, Virginia (Images of America Series)

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by Amina Luqman, Wayne M. Crocker
     
 

The city of Petersburg has distinguished itself as a special place for African American history. African Americans in Petersburg have overcome racial and political obstacles placed in their paths. The city was the site of one of the largest free black populations in the South leading up to the Civil War, and more black soldiers participated in the Siege of

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The city of Petersburg has distinguished itself as a special place for African American history. African Americans in Petersburg have overcome racial and political obstacles placed in their paths. The city was the site of one of the largest free black populations in the South leading up to the Civil War, and more black soldiers participated in the Siege of Petersburg than in any other Civil War engagement. The city is the location of First Baptist Church, the nation's oldest black church; has produced trailblazers in political life, including Virginia's first black mayor; and is the site of the famous Halifax Triangle, a thriving black business district. This diverse and poignant collection of photographs reveals a heritage rich in entrepreneurial spirit, devotion to church life, and unshakable courage in the struggle for civil rights.

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Title: Virginia Books and Authors

Author: Staff Reporter

Publisher: Virginia Books and Authors

Date: 5/31/09

In 1973, Petersburg added to the Virginia history it had long been making by becoming the first city in the state to elect a majority-black City Council in modern times.

That distinction, as well as many others, is among the history that Amina Luqman-Dawson recounts in African Americans of Petersburg (128 pages, Arcadia Publishing, $21.99).

With scores of archival photographs and informative captions, "African Americans of Petersburg" focuses, of course, on the civil-rights struggle. But there's plenty more, as Luqman-Dawson includes details of black residents' religious and business lives, too.

The book is part of the publisher's "Images of America" series, which celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738554143
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
01/12/2009
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
643,332
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Amina Luqman-Dawson is a freelance writer and has published several articles on race, class, and popular culture. The exquisite photographs in this book were compiled from private collections of community members, church collections, museums, and library archives.

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