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Demographics of Virginia Beach

                               White          Black       Native American      Asian          Hispanic

Total Population   64.4%         19.6%        0.4%                         6.1%             6.6%

FACTS ABOUT VIRGINIA BEACH

1.Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia, on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in the state, with a population of 437,994 according to the 2010 Census.

2.Economy:  Virginia Beach is best known for its tourism but the military and agribusiness sectors contribute to the City's economy. The City's economy also contains a large retail component at places such as Lynnhaven Mall. Major companies headquartered in Virginia Beach include Amerigroup, the Christian Broadcasting Network and Operation Blessing International, Lillian Vernon and Stihl (North American headquarters). Other major employers include GEICO, VT and Navy Exchange Service Command. Virginia Beach was ranked at number 45 on Forbes list of best places for business and careers. Tourism produces a large share of Virginia Beach's economy. With an estimated $857 million spent in tourism related industries, 14,900 jobs cater to 2.75 million visitors. 

3.The median income for a household in the city was $48,705, and the median income for a family was $53,242. Virginia Beach had the 5th highest median family income among large cities in 2003. Males had a median income of $33,756 versus $25,979 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,365. About 5.1% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over. The city of Virginia Beach has a low crime rate compared to the other cities of the Hampton Roads, Newport News, Virginia, Norfolk, Virginia, Portsmouth, Virginia, have above the national average crime rates while Virginia Beach remains low.

4.Climate:  The climate of Virginia Beach is humid subtropical. Winters are very mild, and snowfall is light. Summers are hot and humid with warm evenings. The mean annual temperature is 59.6 °F, with an average annual snowfall of 8.1 inches and an average annual rainfall of 45 inches. The wettest seasons are the spring and summer, although rainfall is fairly constant all year round. The highest recorded temperature was 103 °F in August 1957, and the lowest recorded temperature was 4 °F in January 1985.

Radio Stations

 WHOV 88.1 FM Hampton, VA Hampton University Variety 
WJLZ 88.5 FM Virginia Beach, VA Christian Contemporary 
WNSB 91.1 FM Norfolk, VA Norfolk State University Hip Hop
WKSA 92.1 FM Moyock, NC Urban Contemporary
WVSP 94.1 FM Yorktown, VA Sports 
WVKL 95.7 FM Norfolk, VA Urban Contemporary 
WKJX 96.7 FM Elizabeth City, NC Hip Hop 
WVHT 100.5 FM Norfolk, VA Top-40
WXTG 102.1 FM Virginia Beach, VA Sports 
WOWI 102.9 FM Norfolk, VA Hip Hop
WNVZ 104.5 FM Norfolk, VA Hip Hop 
WMOV 107.7 FM Norfolk, VA Urban Contemporary
WNIS 790 AM Norfolk, VA News/Talk 
WGH 1310 AM Newport News, VA Gospel Music 
WGPL 1350 AM Portsmouth, VA Gospel Music 

A Touch of History

Thomas L. Jennings

 

Thomas L. Jennings an African-American tradesman and abolitionist in New York City, New York. He was an African American who operated a tailoring and dry cleaning business, and in 1821 was the first African American to be granted

ENTERTAINMENT

1.Funny Bone Comedy Club & Restaurant -  Category: Entertainment   - 217 Central Park Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 213-5555  - (visit website) 

2.Peabody’s Night Club -  Category: Entertainment -  Top 40 music, hip hop, dance, rock, techno, country   - 209 21st Street, Virginia Beach VA 23452 (757) 422-6212  - (visit website)

3.Virginia House Of Comedy -  Category: Entertainment   - 5476 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 518-2929

 

4.Peabody's-209 21st St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 422-6212

BUSINESS DETAILS 49-YEARS in Business
Fiery-Hot Fun!
Hours:
Regular Hours
Thu - Sat
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun
Closed
General Info:Peabody's * Voted, Virginia Beach's Top Dance Club * Hottest DJ's * Ladies Free on Thursday's * College ID gets you in free on Fridays * Ladies 18 up always welcome * Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 7pm * No cover before 9pmExtra Phones:
Phone: (540) 550-0098

5.The Edge-2108 Atlantic Ave-Virginia Beach, VA 23451.(757) 425-854.

BUSINESS DETAILS-21YEARS in Business

Hours:

Regular Hours

Mon - Sun5:00 pm - 2:00 pm

General Info:A great locals spot that offers late night food, great music, and none stop energy!

6.Club Empire-475 S Lynnhaven Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 498-4301.

BUSINESS DETAILS

Hours:
Regular Hours
Mon - Sun
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
General Info:Night Club and hookah lounge

7.Shaka's-2014 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 422-1993

BUSINESS DETAILS-5 YEARS in Business
Hours:
Regular Hours
Mon - Sun
6:00 am - 2:00 am
General Info:Shaka's Live is a unique entertainment venue located in the heart of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront; hosting a wide variety of weekly local and national concerts across a wide range of genres. In addition, they feature resident DJ's every Friday and Saturday night starting at 10:30pm, playing a wide selection of crowd favorite dance music.

 

The concert sound system and lighting is state of the art, and the corner stage gives an impressive viewing and listening experience from every spot in the room. The cocktails are reasonably priced, and menu offerings cover everything from traditional but exceptional bar fare to the best in local seafood. The 14 person VIP room boasts leather sofas and gives patrons an exclusive experience for their favorite bands or DJs. One of the few beach businesses with their own on-site parking lot, the option to take advantage of their valet parking only enhances the experience. Shaka's Live has a little something for everyone and promises to deliver a memorable experience.More »Extra Phones:
Phone: (757) 656-9116

8.La's-3845 Bonney Rd Ste 106, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 498-1442

BUSINESS DETAILS-16 YEARS in Business
Hours:
Regular Hours
Mon - Fri
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Extra Phones:
Phone: (757) 498-1870
Primary Phone: (757) 498-1870

9.Mermaids Gentlemen's Club-1724 Potters Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454- (757) 426-4687

BUSINESS DETAILS-13 YEARS in Business
We take pride on providing a sexy, fun and relaxed environment.
Hours:
Regular Hours
Mon - Sat
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
General Info: We bought Mermaids Gentleman’s Club in Virginia Beach VA in 2003 and created a Locals Retreat, where we always welcome out of town visitors. In our attempt to make our costumers happier we have taken our customers input and made one of the best places to hangout. While enjoying the longest happy hour in Virginia Beach in a sexy, fun and relaxed environment.  

10.Sky Bar-3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 213-3473

BUSINESS DETAILS-10 YEARS in Business
Hours:
Regular Hours
Mon
Closed
Wed - Sat
10:00 pm - 1:30 am
Sun
9:00 pm - 1:30 am
Extra Phones:
Phone: (757) 213-3000

AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE

Portsmouth Umoja Festival
May 2017 Dates Unconfirmed | Portsmouth, VA | Cultural

“Umoja” is the Kishwahili word for “unity,” as well as the holiday of Kwanza’s first principle. And at the Portsmouth Umoja Festival in Portsmouth, Virginia, there’s plenty of unity. The event is the city’s Annual African-American Culture and Heritage Festival, where gospel, jazz, R&B and reggae music plays, arts and crafts dot the grounds, delicious smells of ethnic foods saturate the air.

Vendor Information

IMPORTANT: Please contact Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services at (757) 393-8481 for additional forms that are REQUIRED for completing the application process.

Umoja Festival Culture
Ethnic foods such as jambalaya and larderbout, and a marketplace of sculptures, paintings, prints, baskets, quilts and other assorted hand-crafted wares contribute to the ambiance of the Festival. The Umoja Festival entertainment is a unique combination of contemporary and ancient art forms. Nationally acclaimed musical guests perform jazz, reggae, gospel, rhythm and blues. Children’s activities are a specialty at the festival. The Festival’s closing activity features a gospel jubilee of musical talents from throughout Hampton Roads. Storytelling, games and crafts with origins in several African countries are all participatory.

Umoja Festival Community

A Community Forum on issues facing African-Americans is hosted by leading community experts and gives citizens a chance to dialogue pertinent concerns. The Red Cross, Sickle Cell Anemia, PRIDE in Parenting and other social service organizations set-up exhibits to educate Festival participants about programs available in the community.

ALEXANDRIA BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM 

Originally the segregated library for Alexandria's African American residents, the museum documents the local and national history, culture and contributions of Black America. 

 

The Museum's permanent exhibition, Securing the Blessings of Liberty, seeks to document how the area African Americans survived slavery, helped to destroy it and eventually helped shape the community that we know today.

 

Address: 902 Wythe Street-Alexandria, VA 22314

Hours: Closed today

Phone: (703) 746-4356

Monday            Closed

Tuesday            10AM–4PM

Wednesday      10AM–4PM

Thursday          10AM–4PM

Friday                10AM–4PM

Saturday           10AM–4PM

Sunday              Closed

 

Umoja Festival Portsmouth VIP Reception
The Umoja Festival links the citizenry of Portsmouth to the continent of Africa by a common thread of rhythm, culture and values, and shares this experience with thousands of Festival participants from diverse communities across the nation, thus providing true to the Festival’s theme of unity in the family, community, and nation. The Umoja Festival is a superb example of a community’s dedication and commitment to insuring an understanding of cultural diversity through a Festival “representing” the Kiswahili word UMOJA . . . UNITY in the family, community and the nation.

Umoja Festival History

In 1991, the City Council of Portsmouth, Virginia affirmed its commitment to understanding cultural diversity. It was most appropriate that the City of Portsmouth selected the Kiswahili word UMOJA as the name of its African-American Festival. Umoja, a Kiswahili word meaning unity, is the first principal of Kwanzaa, an African-American cultural holiday celebrated from December 26th through January 1st. This principal emulates unity in the family, community and nation.

Umoja Processional – “Drums of Africa” Group – The UMOJA Festival opens with a traditional African drum call sending polyrhythms through the air, a ceremonial processional and the blessing of the elders, are all facets of ancient tribal cultures, customs and traditions. For two and one-half days, the beautiful waterfront of Portsmouth is transformed into an image of its Sister City Eldoret, Kenya.

The Festival begins with permission from the elders: In African tradition, permission from the elders of the village is often sought because of their wisdom, knowledge and experience. The Umoja Festival has always observed this tradition in seeking permission from the elders of the Portsmouth community.

CHURCHES

  1. Morning Star Baptist Church -   4780 First Court Road, Virginia Beach, VA (757) 363-9698  - (visit website)

  2. St Mark Ame Church -  1740 Potters Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-4447 (757) 428-7310 

  3. Union Baptist Church -   4608 South Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 497-0287  - (visit website) 

ANNUAL EVENTS

  1. Annual African American Travel Conference 
    Held in April in Virginia Beach, Virginia (757) 385-6628

    The organization will provide a "give back" program to the local community.
     

  2. Blues at the Beach 
    Held in September at 17th Street Park Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Three days of free concerts on an outdoor stage.
     

  3. Funk Fest Festival 
    Held at the 24th Street Stage, August in Virginia Beach, Virginia 

    Event celebrates the music of influential funk legends.
     

  4. Gospel fest 
    Held in April 

    A celebration of music and praise!
     

  5. PANorama Caribbean Music Festival 
    Held in May 

    A musical adventure!

VIRGINIA BEACH & THE METROPOLITAN AREA

A LOOK INSIDE ALEXANDRIA'S AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY 

 

 

To walk through African American history, walk through Old Town Alexandria. From colonial times, to the Civil War, to civil rights, Alexandria has seen Black history being made, and today you can discover the stories of African Americans who shaped Alexandria and America at our many sites steeped in African American heritage.

Did you know a nonviolent sit-in protest occurred in Alexandria decades before the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s? Ever wondered about Alexandria’s role in the Civil War? We spoke with Audrey Davis, director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, to get an inside look at Alexandria’s Black history sites and heritage.

     Virginia Beach Family Attractions

 

With savvy collection of small and midsize amusement parks, state parks, lighthouses, science centers and an aquarium, Virginia Beach Family Attractions deliver the goods in a budget-friendly way. All these attractions are within a one hour drive with easy parking to boot.

Flipper McCoy’s
In the heart of the Virginia Beach oceanfront, this Family Entertainment Center features legacy amusement games such pinball and plus modern full-motion video games.


ADMISSION: free entry, pay for each game
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: 2212 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PARKING: on paid lots nearby
PHONE: 757-855-2222

Motor World

Outstanding go-kart racing, but the height requirement is 54” and taller; includes miniature golf, two paintball fields and a Skycoaster that rises 130 feet and sors at 70 mph; purchase 1 to 100 ticket books for rides, so its designed to fit all budgets; paintball Sat-Sun 10a-Dark, Go-Karts open 1st weekend of March daily 10a-Dark

 

ADMISSION: Price matrix and coupons on website
DAYS & HOURS: Memorial Day thru labor Day 10a-Midnight daily
ADDRESS: 700 South Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach, 
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 757-422-6419

Ocean Breeze Waterpark
On 19 acres, it features 15 water slides, inner tube rapids, a million-gallon Runaway Bay Wave Pool, Paradise Pipeline water slide, Bahama Mamma speed slide; Motor World Thrill Park, Dive In Movies for your favorite Disney movies while floating atop Runaway Bay; West Indies Grill features Jamaican Jerk Chicken, along with other South Seas delicacies and pizza.

ADMISSION: Adults $23, Ages 3-9 and 55+ $17, military discount applies.
DAYS & HOURS: May-Sept 10a-6p, with some extended weekend hours
ADDRESS: 849 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, 
PARKING: Free on premises
PHONE: 757-422-4444

WEBSITE: http://www.oceanbreezewaterpark.com

Chesapeake Bay Center
This visitor center with a focus on the natural environment, is complete with aquariums, environmental and historical exhibits and displays, classroom space and information about nature-based tourism activities in the area; the Bay Store features gifts and camping supplies, a gazebo and a small amphitheater.


ADMISSION: Enter the center free, but camping fees vary
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 757-412-2316

WEBSITEhttp://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/fir.shtml

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Museum
A star attraction in Virginia Beach, this marine environment showcases 300+ interactive exhibits, over a half-million gallons of aquariums, animal habitats, an aviary, Bay & Ocean Pavilion, Marsh Pavilion, Nature Trail and 3D films of Virginia Beach’s only IMAX Theater.


ADMISSION: The website lists a matrix of prices beginning at $12 for adults
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-5p, with extended hours from May 26-Sept 1
ADDRESS: 717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 
PARKING: on premises; guests can also catch a trolley there from any VB Wave sign
PHONE: 757-425-3474

WEBSITEhttp://www.vmsm.com

First Landing State Park
This 2,900-acre state park is named after European settlers who landed at Cape Henry in 1607. Visitors will find the salt-marsh habitat and surrounding grounds home to 19 miles of bike and hiking trails, campsites, picnic areas and plenty of bird-watching opportunities.


ADDRESS: 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 
PHONE: 757-412-2300
WEBSITE: http://www.state.va.us/~dcr

False Cape State Park
See white-tailed deer, wild boar and horses on six miles of unspoiled beaches and miles of hiking and interpretive trails at this 4,321-acre haven; most accessible when you travel through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge by foot, bike, tram or boat.


ADDRESS: 4001 Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, VA 
PHONE: 757-426-7128

Cape Henry Lighthouse
Built in 1791 shortly after the Revolutionary War, it is the oldest government-built lighthouse in America and the traditional symbol of Virginia Beach; open for tours daily; The new Cape Henry Lighthouse built in 1881 is the tallest cast-iron lighthouse in the country.


ADMISSION: Small fee
DAYS & HOURS: March 16 – October 31 10a-5p, November 1 – March 15 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 583 Atlantic Ave in Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 757-422-9421
WEBSITElink

                Virginia Beach Heritage Sites

Virginia Beach heritage sites begin with a European indentured servant whose social status rose to be granted a land parcel here in the 1600s. Slave plantations, a black seaside community and post-slavery black churches developed afterwards. For the most part however, Virginia Beach remained a collection of fishing villages until the 1880’s, when its first beach resort was also developed.

Adam Thoroughgood House
In 1621, the first permanent settlement was Lynnhaven Bay in what has become part of Virginia Beach. Adam Thoroughgood (1604–1640) was an indentured servant from Norfolk, England who arrived in Southeast Virginia the same year. He became a community leader and a member of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown. For his service, he was granted 5,350 acres on the western branch of the Lynnhaven River in 1635. Adam Thoroughgood is credited for naming Lynnhaven River and the City of Norfolk. He also named Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk, which combined in 1963 to become the City of Chesapeake. Though Adam built a home on his property, recent archaeology suggests that this brick home was built by one of his grandsons in 1720. The house was restored in 1957 and 2011 as a museum and National Historic Landmark. It provides insight into the gentry lifestyle of Colonial Virginia. In the 20th Century, most of the Thoroughgood Estate was redeveloped into residential area.


DAYS & HOURS: Call for visiting hours
ADDRESS: 1636 Parish Road, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PHONE: 757-460-7588
WEBSITE: http://virginiabeachhistory.org/thoroughgoodhouse.html

Morning Star Baptist Church
Founded in 1892 by members Ebenezer Baptist Church, Morningstar is one of the oldest African-American churches in Virginia Beach, or what was once known as Princess Anne County. Church members are collecting memorabilia that depict the lives of African-Americans in Princess Anne County from 1892-1950. Make an appointment for group tours of the church.


SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 4780 First Court Road, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PHONE: 757-363-9698
WEBSITE: http://www.morningstarbaptistchurch.us

Heritage Plantation
An extensively remodeled historic house on part of the land granted to William Brock, an immigrant listed in the Shirley Hundred Muster of 1624; through the years his descendants added to the land; by 1860 Ransome Brock was the owner of 8,000 acres in this area. This house, was built circa 1850 with the help of slave labor; now faced with brick and white pillars, it is currently a nursery.


ADDRESS: 1255 Princess Anne Road in Pungo, Virginia Beach, VA 

Ferry Plantation House
1830 brick (once covered with oyster shell stucco) ten-room central passage plan Federal farm house, built by slave labor, faces the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River as the last witness to the rich past of the site’s recorded history; t0he third courthouse, which was also the first brick courthouse in the county, was on this site; the stately Walke mansion, circa 1780, was destroyed by fire; The existing Ferry Plantation House was built, in part, of bricks salvaged from the ruins; Currently being renovated by Friends of the Ferry Plantation House, Inc. in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, the house soon will be an educational center open to the public.


ADDRESS: 4136 Cheswick Lane, Virginia Beach, VA
PHONE: 757-473-5182

Seatack Community
Oldest Black Community in Virginia Beach; formerly known as Princess Anne County; the name was derived from the War of 1812 when the British attacked an unarmed American ship and someone called out “Sea Attack”; the community has several historic churches dating back to 1885, a community park and an elementary school to completely integrate into Virginia Beach school system.


ADDRESS: Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach, VA MAP

Fairfield
The house built by Anthony Walke (II), between 1750 and 1770; Fairfield had liveried Black servants, blacksmiths, wagon-makers, saddlers, and tradesmen imported from England; it had a number of houses and ships, but was severely damaged by vandals in the 1970s and torn down; the Fairfield name is perpetuated by a residential community and shopping area located on the site.

ADDRESS: Exact Virginia Beach site is unknown, but it is believed that the entrance to the house was on Kempsville Road just south of Princess Anne Road; the property extended to the south and west from there; the area is now fully developed MAP

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