African American Heritage Tours/Frederick Douglass

Sunday, May 28 - 2:00pm and 4:30pm

Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum

These free 90-minute bus tours depart the Umoja Festival grounds at the Portsmouth Pavilion on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a guided bus tour of Portsmouth historic sites and tour of the Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum. A historian portraying Frederick Douglass will speak about his life as a slave, his escape to freedom and his rise as a writer, orator, and abolitionist. Limit of 27 passengers.

For more information about Portsmouth’s Umoja Festival, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend, please visit



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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.