Attached below in PDF format is a pamphlet titled “Titustown A Community of Negro Homes”. It was written by William Anthony Aery and printed in 1915 by “The Press of The Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute” in Hampton, Virginia. The article was likely written earlier than 1915 as it is a reprint from “The Southern Workman”. This pamphlet is currently housed in the Lincoln Collection of the Kansas City Library.
An excerpt from the pamphlet: “Midway between the sandy beach at Ocean View, on the Southern side of Hampton Roads, and Norfolk, a rapidly growing Southern metropolis, there has been developed, in the heart of a rich, farm-trucking region, an attractive Negro community, called Titustown, in which all the people own their own homes and not a single renter is found.”
Some of the homes and buildings pictured in the pamphlet are still standing in Titustown today!
Can tell Martin is running for reelection. Why didn’t the City let the Wards Corner Civic League release this?
It should never be Wards Corner it should have been Titustown Civic league … Wards Corner has no right post Titustown civic leagues history.
This was excellent find and curious read as we look back on our history to better understand with respect the duties we have now to preserve and move forward – thank you so much for sharing and all I can add is: more! We need more and often please…