Black History Month: 29 stories about our local history


To commemorate Black History Month, the Daily Press featured people, places and events related to local black history.

In August 1924, Jeffrey T. Wilson became the first black newspaper columnist in Portsmouth

“You should honor this man,” said Mae Breckenridge-Haywood. “He was born a slave. He had a very hard life, but because of his release, after the Civil War, he was a free man and he elevated himself.” Read more »

She helped save Capt. Phillips from Somali pirates. Then became the first female 4-star admiral.

Michelle Howard achieved a number of historical firsts in the Navy, and much of her career was spent in Hampton Roads. Read more »

The day thousands marched in Norfolk to celebrate slavery’s end

The city’s Emancipation Day Parade was national news in 1863. 4,000 people filled Norfolk’s streets, even though President Lincoln’s order didn’t apply to some of them. Read more »

Norfolk native Paul Hines was the assistant coach portrayed in the movie ‘Remember the Titans’

Hines was an assistant coach to Herman Boone on Alexandria’s T.C. Williams High that won the Group AAA state football title in 1971. Read more…

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