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Petersburg
     

Petersburg

by Suzanne K. Durham
 

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The colorful history of Petersburg is a story rife with tragedy and perseverance. Petersburg, a city 25 miles south of Richmond, was devastated by the effects of the Civil War. By 1915, the city had rebuilt itself into a vital business center with 25,000 citizens-equally populated by whites and African Americans. The city had a military base, deep water port and

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The colorful history of Petersburg is a story rife with tragedy and perseverance. Petersburg, a city 25 miles south of Richmond, was devastated by the effects of the Civil War. By 1915, the city had rebuilt itself into a vital business center with 25,000 citizens-equally populated by whites and African Americans. The city had a military base, deep water port and shipyard, and was considered well equipped for competition in national agricultural and manufacturing markets. The numerous museums and historical sites in Petersburg continue to draw thousands of visitors annually.

Now for the first time, Petersburg's history is shown through the photographs of William E. Lum Jr.-the city's predominant photographer, c. 1925-1950. Lum's photography illustrates the social, business, and personal lives of Petersburg's citizens. His first published collection, these images hold crisp detail from the eras of the Great Depression and World War II, including Camp Lee, Virginia State College, the merchants on North Sycamore Street, carnivals, and football games-to name a few.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439629468
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
10/13/2003
Series:
Images of America Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
55 MB
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Meet the Author

A former resident of Richmond and Petersburg, author Suzanne K. Durham is the Special Collections Manager at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. In Petersburg, Durham fuses her love of photography and history to recall the lives, livelihoods, and leisure of this historic city.

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