Hampton Cultural Sites

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Hampton University students on campus; credit Hampton U.

Hampton Cultural Sites

Hampton Cultural Sites begin with Hampton University, its celebrated art museum and the unmistakeable legacy of Booker T. Washington. Art by John Biggers, the gallery of a local artist and homesite museum of a black civil rights hero round out the cultural offerings of this must visit destination.

Hampton University
DESCRIPTION: General Samuel Chapman Armstrong used this area on the beautiful shores of Hampton River to train newly freed African-Americans after the Civil War. In 1868, it was founded as the Hampton Normal and Industrial Institute. Students built most of the school’s early facilities to pay their way. The college icon, an Italianesque-campanile tower, is a National Historic Landmark built in 1878. It was the first U.S. college to admit Native Americans. Hampton also became the first HBCU to host a NASA facility. Now a preeminent school with internationally renown faculty, Hampton is one of the top five HBCUs. The college bookstore is located in Hampton Harbors.
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: Hampton University, Hampton, VA MAP
PARKING: on premises
WEBSITE: http://legacy.soulofamerica.com/hampton-university.phtml

Hampton University Museum
DESCRIPTION: The oldest museum of African American art in the United States moved into the Huntington Building after a $5 million renovation in 1997. It features 10 galleries with 12,000 square feet of gallery space that contain over 9,000 African, African American and Native American art objects, plus an education center. This Smithsonian-quality museum features top-drawer permanent and changing exhibitions, including the renown John Biggers exhibit that drew record crowds. Museum staff publishes The International Review of African American Art — one of the only periodicals devoted to African American art.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 8a-5p; Sat-Sun 12a-4p
ADDRESS: Hampton University, Hampton, VA MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 757-727-5308
WEBSITE: http://www.hamptonu.edu

Booker T. Washington Memorial Garden & Statue
DESCRIPTION: A former slave, Booker T Washington graduated from Hampton University in 1875. Through his doctrine and practice of self-help by African Americans he became the preeminent “Negro Leader” of his time as recognized by Anglo-Americans. His greatest legacy is founding prestigious Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Located in a memorial garden, the statue of Washington, it matches the honor and dignity of this great man.
ADDRESS: Hampton University off Marshall Avenue, Hampton, VA MAP
PARKING: on premises
WEBSITE: http://www.hamptonu.edu

John Biggers Murals
DESCRIPTION: House of the Turtle and The Tree House 20 feet by 10 feet murals are the work of the world-renowned artist, Dr. John Biggers, a Hampton alum. His murals can be seen in the day time.
ADDRESS: Harvey Library at Hampton University, Hampton, VA MAP
PARKING: on premises
WEBSITE: http://www.hamptonu.edu

Art By Gerome Galleria
DESCRIPTION: Resident abstract artist Gerome Meminger can often be seen painting in front of his gallery. See exquisite original pieces that range from people to events or just pure emotion.
DAYS & HOURS: varies, call for appt
ADDRESS: 7 East Queensway, Hampton, VA MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 757-723-6700
WEBSITE: http://www.artbygerome.com

Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center
DESCRIPTION: This home was built in 1899 by Joseph Thomas Newsome, the son of enslaved parents. Newsome rose to become a great orator, editor of the Newport News Star newspaper and the 1st black attorney licensed to practice before the Virginia Supreme Court. For best impressions, see his personal effects and artifacts when an exhibit or discussion is held by a tour guide.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 2803 Oak Avenue, Newport News, VA MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 757-247-2380
WEBSITE: http://www.newsomehouse.org

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