Library

Site Type curated by: The African American Historic Sites Database Team

Libraries in Virginia

Locations for Site Type

Historical Significance Blyden Branch Library opened in 1921, the first public library for African Americans to be supported by a municipality in Virginia. Prior to 1921, African Americans in the state relied on small collections of books obtained…

Historical Significance In the 1960s, the Petersburg Public Library became the focus of the Civil Rights Movement in Petersburg when two black ministers, Wyatt Tee Walker and R.B. Williams, were arrested for entering the main room of the library.…