Norfolk has been a center of African-American life since this country’s humble beginnings, when indentured African servants arrived in 1619 to the Tidewater region. Since that time, the African-American population has endured the atrocities of slavery, poverty, and inequality, and has emerged, through a remarkable combination of hard work, perseverance, and faith, as a vibrant community and an integral component to the identity and success of Norfolk and surrounding areas.
Author Bio: In Norfolk, Virginia, author Ruth A. Rose has compiled a vivid history that celebrates, in word and image, the “ordinary” citizens and their contributions to the schools, the businesses, the churches, and the families of Norfolk. This volume, full of beautiful photographs and engaging personal stories, provides readers an opportunity to step back in time and relive the triumphs of pioneering African-American ancestors.
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