Former segregated library now a Portsmouth museum
|By Lia Russell, The Virginian-Pilot|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The 900-square-foot structure was a
"We've finally reached the end of the tunnel and come out the other side," said
The agreement between
"The story the building tells is an important historical asset to the city of
Perry said she looks forward to working on future exhibits at the new museum.
Per the agreement, the historical society retains ownership of all artifacts and will offer them to the museum on loan. It also will provide volunteers, raise funds, and promote museum programming, exhibits and events.
"It was important that we maintain control of the artifacts," said society member
The agreement specifies the society also must maintain liability insurance and provide proper storage for its collection. Another stipulation is for the society to designate a liaison to the
The historical society and the city have gone back and forth on details regarding the responsibilities of each since 2012.
"Everything takes so long to get done in politics, but I am very excited about this because I'm kind of a history buff," said Mayor
Wright recently helped the historical society attain photographs, documents and other materials from the estate of
The mayor was driving by Gibson's home when he saw contractors throwing out personal belongings. He retrieved them and offered them to Breckenridge-Haywood, who said the yield contained many important items, including Gibson's postal worker hat,
"It was a treasure trove," Breckenridge-Haywood said. "It is a great addition to our collection."
Breckenridge-Haywood said the society has raised and spent about
"What's most gratifying," she said, "is that all in
Want to go?
Hours Thursday, Friday, Saturday,
Info Call 757-966-9923 or visit BlackHistoryPortsmouth.org
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