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.

 

Blyden's 92nd Anniversary & Grand Reopening Celebration

You are invited to celebrate Blyden Branch Library’s rich history and newly renovated building! Join us for a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, music, refreshments, and activities for kids!

10:30 AM: Pony Rides & Petting Zoo by Beach Party Ponies
11:30 AM: Magic by Susan Carmona
1 PM: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
1:30 PM: Musical Performance by Chance ‘n Counter

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