Saturday, January 14, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Join us as we celebrate the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers, the designated African American unit from 1866-1951. Meet with Ken Wright, president of the Buffalo Riders of Hampton Roads, and discuss how this group of troops has impacted the local area and nationwide through the use of images, artifacts and memorabilia. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
1 - 2 p.m.


Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center

Celebrate the achievements of one of Portsmouth’s own in a tribute to actress and the Queen of R & B Ruth Brown. This tribute will include a video and photography display of this legendary lady. At the Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center, Hampton Roads vocalist Tanya Rollins Shadley will perform a concert featuring the best of Ruth Brown. Free and open to the public.

A reception will be held at The Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum following the Ruth Brown tribute concert at the (located next door from the Museum).

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The Portsmouth Community Library served black patrons from 1945 until 1963, when the main library was integrated. The small, one-story brick building was originally located on South Street near Effingham Street. The land at this new location was purchased with donations made by Portsmouth citizens, black and white.