Title: Virginia Books and Authors
Author: Staff Reporter
Publisher: Virginia Books and Authors
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.