Portsmouth, Virginia

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Whether assisting 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. African Americans in Portsmouth built a strong, insulated community because they were cognizant of the need to look inward. 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.
ISBN: 9780738515816
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Virginia
Series: Black America Series
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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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