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

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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 ...
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Overview


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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738554143
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 1/12/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,408,452
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Faces of the Early Years 9

2 In Service of Country 23

3 A City of Churches 35

4 The Struggle for Equality 51

5 A New Day in Politics 65

6 The Heyday of Black Business 77

7 The Power of Knowledge 93

8 In Service of Community 105

9 People and Places of Note 119

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