Exploring: African American Heritage

Exhibit: Forever Free

Portsmouth Community Library before restoration.


Forever Free explores the history of African American life and community in Portsmouth, Virginia.  It is located in the same building that was once the Portsmouth Colored Library during the years of legally enforced racial segregation in Virginia. The exhibit was supported in part by a grant from VFH. It will be in place until […]

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From Africa to Appalachia

Cheick Hamala Diabate

Folklife Program

Join us Tonight! – From Africa to Appalachia will take the n’goni and the banjo full circle, bringing together Grammy-nominated Master Malian Griot Cheick Hamala Diabate with Sammy Shelor and Danny Knicely.

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