Black History in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – It wasn’t until 1945 that African-Americans living in Portsmouth had access to a freestanding library. And thanks to the effort of a community of citizens, that same little library is still standing today.

Today the Portsmouth Community Library is a museum with a brand new exhibit which now serves as a reminder to the history of segregation and racial inequality in Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Community Library is open on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5pm from now through October. Admission is free.

Groups of 8 to 15 people may make an appointment to visit at other times by calling (757) 393-8591 or visit

This segment of The Hampton Roads Show is sponsored by the City of Portsmouth. 

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