Portsmouth, Virginia (Black America Series)

Portsmouth, Virginia (Black America Series)

by Cassandra Newby-Alexander, The African American Historical Society, Staff of African American Historical Society of Portsmouth, Mae Breckenridge-Haywood
     
 

African Americans in Portsmouth built a strong, insulated community because they were cognizant of the need to look inward. Whether assisting the pre-Civil War escapes through the Underground Railroad, forming banks, publishing a newspaper, or providing recreational facilities, Portsmouth's African Americans created one of the most stable middle-class black

Overview


African Americans in Portsmouth built a strong, insulated community because they were cognizant of the need to look inward. Whether assisting the pre-Civil War escapes through the Underground Railroad, forming banks, publishing a newspaper, or providing recreational facilities, Portsmouth's African Americans created one of the most stable middle-class black communities in America. Early 20th-century leaders such as Dr. William Reid, Nancy T. Wheeler, and the Reverend Harvey N. Johnson Sr. were civic models and guiding forces for a community emerging from the ravages of slavery, and enduring the hardships of segregation.

Black America: Portsmouth, Virginia captures the world of an ever-changing community and a people who persevered, no matter the odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738515816
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Series:
Black America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,266,521
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.32(d)

Meet the Author


Cassandra Newby-Alexander, a Norfolk native and historian; Mae Breckenridge-Haywood, a Portsmouth native and retired librarian; and the African American Historical Society of Portsmouth, have culled photographs from a variety of collections and coupled them with an informative text to tell this remarkable story.

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