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Newsome House Museum And Cultural Center Celebrates 30 Years

NEWPORT NEWS—Area residents and visitors are invited to enjoy a weekend filled with music, history, and more during the thirtieth anniversary celebration of the Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center. Activities will take place October 22-23 with free and ticketed events at various locations in downtown Newport News.

The celebration kicks off on Friday, October 22 with the “Our Story, Our Voices” Photography Exhibit and Opening Reception at 5pm at the Newsome House, located at 2803 Oak Avenue in Newport News. The event features live music and is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, October 23, a rededication ceremony is being held at the Newsome House and features performances from FORTRESSES, Beauty for Ashes Dance Company, Walkerville Ministries, and St. John’s Praise Team. The event begins at 10am and is free and open to the public.

The weekend celebration concludes on Saturday at 6pm with a ticketed anniversary event at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, located at 2410 Wickham Avenue in Newport News. A VIP reception features the Grammy-nominated M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio and is followed by a film presentation of “Our Story, Our Voices,” which highlights the African American history of Newport News. Tickets for the evening celebration range from $25 to $50 and can be purchased by visiting Eventbrite.

The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center honors the legacy of Joseph Thomas Newsome by engaging the public in an ongoing study and remembrance of African American history and culture. For more information, visit or call 757-247-2360.

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