The Blyden Branch opened July 19, 1921 in a single room of the original Booker T. Washington High School on Princess Anne Road. It provided library service for the city’s approximately 43,000 African American residents, and was the first library for African Americans supported by a municipality in Virginia. Blyden Branch moved to Johnson Avenue and Church Street in 1938 and to its current location at 879 E. Princess Anne Road in 1957.
Click here to read more about
the history of Blyden Branch, and its
namesake, Edward Wilmont Blyden.
Art Exhibit of Africa
Photographs & Sculptured Images of Africa from an African-American Perspective - An NPL African-American History Month Event
- Date: 02/15/2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- Location: Blyden Branch Library
879 E. Princess Anne Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23504
Robert Floyd is a Hampton Roads native who started carving seriously in 1969 and calls his work "Impression of Africa." Although some of the characters cannot be found in true African art, they look classically African at first glance.
Diana Chappell-Lewis will exhibit original photographs while discussing her involvement and visits to Tema, Ghana, a sister city in the Norfolk Sister Cities program.