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EVENTS

September 18, 2016, at 3PM

Dedication program for historical highway marker at Emanuel AME Church, for George Teamoth and a marker will highlight the Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex which was established by African Americans beginning in 1879 on land adjacent to a "potter's field". The cemetery was enlarged later to create a four-cemetery complex. The burials include many community leaders, Civil War U.S. Colored Troops, and veterans of other wars.


Civil War Event - February 28, 2015 Strategic Level Sponsor


March 28, 2015 - RESHONDA TATE BILINGSLEY

Reception and Book signing
Saturday | March 28, 2015 @ 2:00 p.m.
Portsmouth Art
and Cultural Center


December 13, 2014
GDO presents check to AAHSP
Gamma Delta Chapter of AKA Sorority presents check to AAHSP. Mae Breckenridge-Haywood is a member of the Portsmouth Chapter of GDO.


2013

December 22, 2013 The Portsmouth (Colored) Community Libraries Gala Grand Opening and it's first exhibit was on December 23, 2013.

2010

Renovation of the Portsmouth Community Library begins.

February 12, 2010
Prayer Walk

There will be a prayer walk at the former Portsmouth Community Library building, 904 Elm Avenue, on Friday, February 12 at 10am, to pray for the continued success in the building’s renovation. The event is free and open to the public.
 
February 9, 2010

“Portsmouth Community Library Reborn” will be presented by Mae Breckenridge-Haywood, President of the African American Historical Society of Portsmouth as part of the Portsmouth Public Library’s Second Tuesday Forum. The event will be held at the Churchland Branch of the Portsmouth Public Library at noon. The event is free and open to the public.
 

2009


The AAHSP, Inc. was awarded a project grant from the Portsmouth Museums and Fine Arts Commission to index the articles, "Colored Notes" for the year 1924 written by Jeffrey T. Wilson. The index is available at the website: http://www.portsmouthpubliclibrary.org. In addition to the index, photographs, bookmarks, and notecards are available from the AAHSP for purchase.


Photographs, Bookmarks, and Note Cards 4x6 photos
of many of the people, places, educators, and schools, which are included in the index. Partial photo listing: Ida Barbour, Jeffrey T. Wilson, I. C. Norcom, E. W. Riddick, S. H. Clarke, I. C. Norcom High School (1920), Pinners Point Colored School, I. C. Norcom Faculty (1923), I. C. Norcom Class, Mrs. O. C. Churchill (1921). Mt. Hermon School (photo includes children, building, and Professor S. H. Clarke) 1921, George W. Grice (slave owner of Jeffrey T. Wilson), Emanuel AME Church with the parsonage beside the church.
Cost: $1.50 each


Bookmarks
Ida Barbour, Jeffrey T. Wilson, I. C. Norcom, S. H. Clarke
Cost: $1.50 each


Note Cards
Emanuel AME Church and Parsonage, Bass Drug Store
Cost: $.75 each


Norfolk Foundation
awards a grant of $37,827 to AAHSP, Inc. which funded the mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and some interior finishes fro the renovation of the Portsmouth Community Library.
 

December 17, 2009


Portsmouth Community Library was listed on the Virginia Landmark Register.
 

2008


Sarah Wilson will provide the updated information.
 

February 2008

Black History Month Program
“Law and Reason at the Library Door: An Evening with Two Doctors,” a black history month program and fundraising event for the restoration of the Portsmouth Community Library, will be hosted by the AAHSP at I.C. Norcom High School. The program will feature the dramatic reading of Law and Reason at the Library Door, written by Billie Montgomery/Cook and performed by the Drama Ministry of Third Baptist Church, Portsmouth. There will also be a Question and Answer Session with Drs. Hugo A. Owens and James W. Holley III. Special Awards will be given to Richard Hartman, City Engineer, and Lawrence “Luke” McCoy, Former City Manager. Community Service Awards will be presented to Former Vice Mayor Bernard D. Griffin, Sr., Deputy City Manager Dr. L. Pettis Patton, Councilman Ray Smith, Sr., Former Councilman Charles B. Whitehurst, Sr., and Sarah Barrash Wilson. All of these individuals have played important roles in the saving and restoration of the Portsmouth Community Library. The event will take place Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 3:00pm at I.C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Mae Breckenridge-Haywood at 487-9431.

2007


Black History Month
Sarah Wilson provides updated information.


October 18, 2007 - 4:00 p.m.

Partners in Restoration | pdf announcment
Park View United Methodist Church
1131 Crawford Parkway, Olde Towne.
Come into the side door on Crawford Parkway.

Forthcoming

Portsmouth (Colored) Community Library Restoration Project: The society is working on restoring and moving the library to a new site in order to develop the library into a museum. The museum will store various artifacts pertaining to Portsmouth 's African American culture. If you are interested in making a donation or otherwise helping the society work toward this worthy event, please contact Mae Breckenridge-Haywood (757) 487-9431 or mae.haywood@verizon.net .

August 16, 2007

Dr. Jeff Littlejohn, Sam Houston State University, will present "Direct Action: The Sit-Ins in Tidewater, Virginia."
Ebenezer Baptist Church, Portsmouth Virginia.

February 2007

Black History Month Program

“Preserving Portsmouth’s African American History: The Portsmouth Community Library” will feature speakers from the community sharing historical perspectives on local churches involvement with the Portsmouth Community Library and the civil rights case Owens and Holley v. Portsmouth Public Library, and a representative from Virginia’s Department of Historical Resources discussing the relevance of historic preservation to the Portsmouth Community Library. There will also be a dramatic reading of Law and Reason at the Library Door, written by Billie Montgomery/Cook and performed by the Drama Ministry of Third Baptist Church, Portsmouth. Community Service Awards will be presented to Dr. Hugo A. Owens, Dr. James W. Holley III, Ms. Bertha Edwards, and the Pastors of Monumental United Methodist Church, St. James Episcopal Church, Fourth Baptist Church, Portsmouth, and Ebenezer Baptist Church, Portsmouth. All four of these churches played a role in the history of the Portsmouth Community Library. The event will take place Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 4:30pm at St. James Episcopal Church, Portsmouth. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Mae Breckenridge-Haywood at 487-9431.


February 2006

Black History Month Program


The African American Historical Society of Portsmouth, Blacks in Government, Twine Memorial Holy Temple, and the I. C. Norcom Alumni Association, Inc. will sponsor an event at I. C. Norcum High School. The program will include a forum on the topic of Who freed the slaves? President Lincoln, the Union Army, or the slaves themselves? Perspectives from the Hampton Roads area and Virginia will be presented by Dr. Tommy Bogger, NSU Archivist, Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, NSU History Department; Dr. Michael Hucles, ODU History Department, and Major Stanley Semple, Inf. USAR. Cynthia P. Morrison, the first black female Clerk of Portsmouth Circuit Court, and Judge Johnny E. Morrison, Third Judicial District Circuit Court of Virginia, will be honored for their achievements, and a special award will be presented to shipyard commander Captain Joseph F. Campbell for the shipyard support of community projects. The event will be held on Friday, February 24, 2006 at 6:00 pm . The event takes place at I. C. Norcom High School, London Blvd , Portsmouth , Virginia . The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mae Breckenridge-Haywood (757) 487-9431 or mayhaywood@msn.com

October 2004

Boy Scout Appreciation Banquet: The African American Historical Society of Portsmouth will sponsor a banquet honoring the former Gosport District Scouts and Leaders/Volunteers, BSA 1933-1969. The event will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 5:00 p.m. The event takes place at Temple Beth El, 3927 Bridge Road, Suffolk, Virginia 23435. A donation of $25.00 is requested for each ticket. For more information, contact Charles B. Whitehurst, Sr. (757) 399-0998 or cbwhitehurst@verizon.net
Research on Boy Scouts in Portsmouth to be published soon.

 


 

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