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.

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     the history of Blyden Branch, and its

     namesake, Edward Wilmont Blyden.

 

Concert: MVP

"Making a Joyful Noise" Concert Series

The Blyden Branch Library celebrates African-American Music Appreciation Month in June with its "Making a Joyful Noise" concert series. Join the Blyden Branch on Saturday evenings for FREE concerts on the lawn! Experience the musical legacy of African-Americans with performances by Chozen, Rhythmania, Osmosis Jazz Trio and MVP. 

June 7: Chozen

June 14: Rhythmania

June 21: Osmosis Jazz Trio

June 28: MVP

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