Paper focuses on African-American neighborhoods in Virginia Beach


The history of Princess Anne County extends back for more than 400 years, but for African-American residents whose ancestors have been here for much of that time it’s a challenge to find inclusion for themselves anywhere in those centuries of history.

In an effort to begin that inclusion, two Virginia Beach historians have completed a paper that will help to fill in at least some of the obscurity surrounding the lives of Princess Anne County’s and Virginia Beach’s black residents.

The authors of the research paper entitled “History of African-American Communities in Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach,”  Joanne Lucas, a retired American history teacher, and Edna Hawkins-Hendrix, a Virginia Beach historian and author, have known each other for years. The two were in complete…

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