School co-op raises funds for Black history museum

Written by Sean Jones
Published on 12th May 2021

Students from Cultural Roots, an education cooperative, gift $3,500 to Richard Stewart, who runs the Pocahontas Island Black History Museum on the island, on May 3, 2021, in Petersburg, Va. (Sean Jones/The Progress-Index via AP)

Middle-school students from Cultural Roots Co-operative raised $3500 for the Pocahontas Island Black History Museum. The museum is on Pocahontas Island, Virginia, which is considered the “oldest Black community in the United States.” This island was home to free Black people since the 19th century. The museum contains over 700 historical artefacts. The artefacts include old news clippings, steel shackles and a replica slave ship.

 The students raised the money by creating a short documentary of the museum’s owner, Richard Stewart, discussing the importance of the museum and its “important physical connection to Black History”. The documentary was created with assistance from an instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University. This donation is the largest amount ever given to the Black History Museum.

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