Norfolk’s melting pot culture is what has shaped the city to what it is today and the influence from the African American community has played a key role in the transformation. From our rich history to the striving African American-owned businesses, Norfolk supports and celebrates Black History Month. To commemorate we’ve put together a small list of places to go including some of our African American-owned businesses that are must-sees!  

Sites and Monuments

Attucks Theatre 

A state and national landmark that is distinguished as the oldest remaining legitimate theatre in the nation that was completely financed, designed, constructed and operated by African Americans. In present day, you can see the Attucks Jazz Club at the theatre.

Waterways to Freedom

Waterways to Freedom is a compelling self-guided tour that honors Norfolk’s proud participation in the Underground Railroad Network. In the early half of the 19th Century, tens of thousands of African American slaves used local waters to escape north to freedom.

The West Point Monument

The West Point Monument can be found in the West Point Cemetery at Elmwood Cemetery. The memorial is a tribute to African-American Union veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. The soldier depicted on the monument is Norfolk native, Sgt. William H. Carney of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment. Carney was the first African American soldier to receive a Medal of Honor for his bravery. Nearly 100 African American veterans are laid to rest in the cemetery. 

West Point Monument

Photo Credit: Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries

Norfolk State University 

Norfolk State is the 10th largest historically black university in the nation. The university is home to the Harrison B. Wilson Archives, African Art Gallery and a display of African-American history, folklore and culture can be found at the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library. 

African American Owned Restaurants and Shops

Croaker's

Croaker's Spot

The soul of seafood! Norfolk's premier location for southern cuisine. As Mr. Croaker would say, "Let me tell you...ain't nuthin' like good food, good people, at a good spot...that's happnin!

Hummingbird Desserts

Hummingbird Macarons

Hummingbird Macarons is a boutique bakery creating the best in macarons and cakes. Come in and taste the made-from-scratch treats for yourself. Check out their pop up location in Cure's Coffeehouse one of Norfolk's beloved coffee shops!

Whole-ly Rollers

Whole-ly Rollers

This delicious spot in Norfolk will have your stomach growling for more. “Whole-ly” Rollers is known for their delectable yeast roll, derived from an old family recipe. These rolls are soft, moist and have a savory flavor, unpretentious comfort food.

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Pop Culture Gourmet

Where Popular Culture meets Gourmet Popcorn. Stop in for friendly service and the best gourmet popcorn you have ever tasted. You'll be able to taste popcorn like, Curious George a banana pudding with vanilla waffle style popcorn. They make popcorn...

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Byrd & Baldwin

This traditional steakhouse serves its grain-fed Midwestern beef made in their state-of-the-art kitchen. Try a wine from their extensive selection or bring a bottle home.

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Pure Lagos

Located in Selden Market Pure Lagos is a global-local natural organic holistic health boutique and African art gallery. Healing consultations, skin care, and fair trade afropolitan goods on sale