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Rooting For the Home Team: Portsmouth’s Black Baseball Players, Promoters, and Parks

Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum 901 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth, VA

Black History Now and the Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum proudly presents the exhibition of  Rooting for the Home Team: Portsmouth's Black Baseball Players, Promoters and Parks.  In the post-World War II era, "Baseball was king" in the sports world of Hampton Roads, especially in the African American community.  Discover the joy of baseball among […]

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Man of Honor: The Navy’s Most Famous Diver

Naval Shipyard Museum 2 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

This three-month temporary exhibit looks at the career of Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Brashear, the first African American to graduate from the United States Navy’s Diving and Salvage School.

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Portraits of Service

Naval Shipyard Museum 2 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

This two-month temporary display showcases some of the many local African Americans who joined the Armed Forces during the mid-twentieth century. The photographs and captions come from the archives of the Portsmouth Star’s “Colored Notes” section, an African-American focused component of the local newspaper introduced by Jeffrey T. Wilson in 1924.

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STORYLAND: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites

Children's Museum of Virginia 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

Don’t miss this interactive traveling exhibit, on loan from the Children’s Museum of Minnesota, that lets kids step into the world of their favorite picture books. Make snow angels in The Snowy Day, explore an oversized alphabet playground in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom & more! Featured books brought to life in this exhibit: The Tale […]

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Olde Towne Farmer’s Market

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 400 High Street, Portsmouth, Virginia

Enjoy seasonal fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meats, eggs, flowers, art, and handcrafted skincare products and merchandise - all unique and one of a kind to the Tidewater, Virginia region.

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STEAM Studio Black Scientists & Artists Series

Children's Museum of Virginia 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

Visit the Children’s Museum of Virginia each Saturday and Sunday and discover the contributions of black scientists and artists through interactive STEAM activities, experiments, and play.

Super Science, Black History Month Edition

Portsmouth Public Library - Main Branch 601 Court Street, Portsmouth, VA

Ages 3-12. Drop in at the Main Library to participate in a Black History inspired edition of our Super Science Program. Learn about a famous scientist and participate in a cool experiment based on that scientist’s work.

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Sensory Sundays

Children's Museum of Virginia 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

Sensory Sundays – the second Sunday of each month – are a time to enjoy the museum with reduced lights, sounds and guests. It’s perfect for kids with sensitivities or just a preference for calm. Second Sundays are offered to promote inclusiveness. We want to share the fun with everyone! Tickets available online only.

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Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 400 High Street, Portsmouth, Virginia

Based on the book Sailing to Freedom, this exhibit highlights little-known stories and describes the less-understood maritime side of the Underground Railroad, including the impact of African American paid, and unpaid, waterfront labor. This exhibit was made possible by the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Andalo’s Library

Children's Museum of Virginia 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

Enjoy a reading and activity of Andalo’s favorite books about Black leaders past and present at 11AM, 1PM and 2PM.

Cupcakes & Lemonade

Portsmouth Public Library - Main Branch 601 Court Street, Portsmouth, VA

Drop in to join us as we celebrate our 2023 Black History Month honorees, Madeline Ashby and Aubrie Greene. We will be decorating cupcakes and making lemonade as we learn more about their business! Call 757-393-8501 for more information.