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“Newport News African American Community”

The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center
Ranked #16 of 22 things to do in Newport News
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Reviewed 15 October 2014

This is one of the little known hidden secrets in Newport News, VA. The Victorian style house was the home of Joseph Thomas Newsome, the son of former slaves and one of the first African Americans to practice law before the Supreme Court of VA after the Civil War. The permanent exhibit not only tells Newsome's story, but the history of the African American Community in Newport News. The parlor and what might have served as the master bedchamber for the Newsomes hosts changing exhibits showcasing talented African American artists. It's free but they welcome donations.

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

My tour guide was so friendly and did a great job highlighting the points of history and also giving me time to explore on my own. A unique site and story. An important piece of African-American history.

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Reviewed 9 December 2013

Newsome house is well-worth a visit for any history lover, regardless of race. There isn't a ton to see, and you can see and read it all in under an hour, but given the dearth of sites showcasing prominent African Americans of this era (as well as the nominal $2.00 admission fee) definitely worth the time. And the history is amazing--Mr Newsome was not only educated, but he was a lawyer in a time when most AA lived in poverty with almost no freedom. Pretty great story. The house exists intact, and though there are quite a few original furnishings scattered throughout, the house is not really furnished, but used for meeting and gallery space, with exhibits scattered throughout. The information presented about Mr Newsome and the era was interesting, but somewhat limited, and that was my main complaint i.e. if you aren't presenting a furnished house you must have great, engaging exhibits. As with many historical sites, though, this is probably due to lack of funding, I'm guessing (sadly). Apparently, they do own most of Mr Newsome's papers etc, and as a visitor, I recommend they update and enlarge their exhibits to more fully present his life and the times in which he lived. Also, no one has written anything about Mr Newsome (apparently), so you can't even leave with a booklet or book in hand for more information. Get writing someone--there's an opportunity there!! Most information located upstairs, btw, and that does not appear to be handicapped accessible--call to find out before visiting.

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Reviewed 17 October 2012

The house is welled maintained, and reminds one of days gone by.
With all the detail fixtures and period pieces.
It brings a lot of culture to an area that needs reminding of the great African American history

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Reviewed 24 September 2012

This home has great history and worth the stop if you want to go across the Hampton Roads Bridge tunnel. Lots to see and great tours.

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