“ Historian “ Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail Follow the Trail through The Best PART of Virginia to learn about the courage shown by those who pioneered the equality we enjoy today. Heritage Trail listings on petersburgarea.org. Pocahontas Island Black History Museum Pocahontas Island was home to Petersburg’s earliest free African-American community and was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. The museum is home to a treasure trove of artifacts and other historical items of interest showcasing over 200 years of Black history. 224 Witten Street Petersburg, VA 23803 804-861-8889 African-American African-American churches served as churches served as pathways to both pathways to both spiritual and spiritual and physical freedom physical freedom during slavery. during slavery. JULIAN GREENE First Baptist Church The earliest organized black church in America began in 1774 in Prince George County, moving to this 1870 building in Petersburg where the city’s first black high school was started. 236 Harrison Street Petersburg, VA 23803 (804) 732-2341 Richard Stewart, Historian Richard Stewart, Historian PETERSBURGAREA.ORG 804.861.1666 27