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Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center
Newport News, VA
The Newsome House honors the legacy of Joseph Thomas Newsome by engaging the public in an ongoing study and remembrance of African American history and culture.

At the turn of the 20th century, the J. Thomas Newsome family moved to Newport News. In this industrial city, he established a law practice and prospered as part of the postwar South's new urban, black middle class.

Through self-determination and a solid education, Newsome (1869-1942) became a respected attorney, journalist, churchman, and civic leader. His elegant Queen Anne residence served as the hub of the local black community from which he led the fight for social justice within the commonwealth.

Today, this restored 1899 Victorian landmark continues to be devoted to the expression of black cultural and historical themes. The public is invited to use this facility to learn of the past, examine current issues, and celebrate life's milestones.
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The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center is currently raising funds to renovate the Jones Building at 1255 28th Street. This house sits between The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center at 2803 Oak Avenue and the Cornelius & Carrie Riggins Brown Education Center at 1249 28th Street. Together, these three properties and the three contiguous grass lots on Oak Avenue facing the museum constitute Newsome Square. The City purchased the two and a half story frame residence from its last occupants, the Jones family. Originally, Richard Winfield, brother of Mary Winfield Newsome, Joseph Thomas Newsome's wife, lived there with his family. The acquisition of this structure is in keeping with the vision of Carrie Brown (1912-1997). A retired city elementary school educator and community leader, Brown proposed the concept of Newsome Square, created Newsome House Inc. to acquire the historic Newsome home from the heir and spearheaded the effort to restore it as a museum honoring the legacy of J. Thomas Newsome. To be called The Newsome House Interpretative Center, the house will be renovated to accommodate visitor services including admissions, a museum store and rest rooms, a site orientation theater, a changing exhibits gallery and space for educational programming and administrative functions. This acquisition also allows the museum's campus the opportunity to create a landscaped garden for exterior programming. By undertaking this project, The Newsome House will preserve a significant example of East End's historic streetscape.

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