Newsome House Museum / Cultural Center

Historical Significance

The Newsome House Museum is the restored home of the Joseph Thomas Newsome family. Newsome (1869-1942), an attorney, established a law practice in Newport News and prospered as a member of the postbellum south's new, urban black middle class. In addition to his legal work, Mr. Newsome became a respected journalist, churchman, and civic leader.  His elegant Queen Anne residence served as the hub of the local black community from which he led the fight for social justice in the Commonwealth.

Physical Description

Restored 1899 Victorian house dedicated to local black culture and the history of Newport News, Virginia.

Geographical and Contact Information

2803 Oak Avenue
Newport News, Virginia
Phone: 757-247-2360
Fax: 757-928-6754


Newsome House

Newsome House

Source: Courtesy Virginia Dept. Historic Resouces View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Newsome House Museum / Cultural Center,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed June 19, 2019,

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