Library of Congress
Officers of the Tobacco Trade Union, Petersburg, VA, 1899


Please join us in launching the
Petersburg and the Atlantic World Virtual Center of Study
at the
Petersburg Public Library

Saturday, May 8, 2:00PM to 5:00PM


Featured Speaker: Dr. Lauranett Lee, Curator of African American History at the Virginia Historical Society


The PAW project examines Petersburg's rich African American history in terms of its national and international importance.  Home to the largest free black population in Virginia, residents established what would be among the earliest black neighborhoods, churches, business, and schools in the nation and played crucial roles in the founding of Liberia. Petersburg was where the Civil War was won and US slavery ended. The accomplishments of Petersburg's African American communities continued forcefully in the 20th century when the city was a nexus of the Civil Rights Movement.

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the PAW project is a collaborative effort between Virginia State University and the Petersburg Public Library and includes contributors from the city of Petersburg, the National Park Service, and the Virginia Historical Society.

Please join us to learn more about and contribute to the PAW virtual center of study, a collaborative resource dedicated to using Petersburg's local African American history as way to understand global history. 

Petersburg Public Library
137 S. Sycamore St.
Petersburg, VA


Phone: (646) 567-9689