Pocahontas Island Black History Museum, Petersburg

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Pocahontas Island Black History Museum, located on the historic Pocahontas Island in Petersburg, VA, once a stop on the Underground Railroad, is home to a treasure trove of artifacts and other historical items of interest that showcases over 200 years of Black history. Black History and Civil War expert, Mr. Richard Stewart, is the museum's founder and orator who delights in taking museum visitors on an oral journey of Black history in Petersburg, VA.

The museum was founded by Mr. Richard Stewart, whose ancestors have lived on the island since the 1700s. The museum is a labor of love for him and he is passionate about preserving the history of the island for current and future generations. Donations are extremely welcomed, as the museum relies on donations to cover its operating expenses. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Bus groups, schools, tourists and lovers of history are encouraged to visit to experience the museum's unique display of historical artifacts.

Admission is free, however cash and historical artifact donations are extremely welcomed. Please be sure to call ahead to schedule a date and time for your visit as hours may vary. The museum's main line is 804-861-8889. Or, call the mobile line at 804-426-5306.
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  • This little known historical areas should be talked about a bit more. You can drive around the "island" within 5 minutes. The museum was closed the four times we drove over there. You'll have to call....  more »
  • We loved it. Not sure it will be around forever but it's cool to talk with the owner/curator. Plus it's telling a vital story.  more »
  • Absolutely wonderful. A must visit!!! . We went today and look forward to returning. Mr Stewart is extremely knowledgeable of ancestral history, as well as his own lineage upon the land. He is humbly a master storyteller. You will not be disappointed with the tour. Much respect and appreciation for him. One Love.
  • The power of one individual is exemplified here. The curator has single handedly created and maintained this important Black Heritage site. His story needs to be heard, shared and supported.

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