Norfolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. With a population of 242,803 as of the 2010 Census, it is Virginia's second-largest city behind neighboring Virginia Beach.
During the 1820s, agrarian communities across the American South suffered a prolonged recession, which caused many families to migrate to other areas. Many moved west into the Piedmont, or into Kentucky and Tennessee. Such migration also followed the exhaustion of soil due to tobacco cultivation in the Tidewater. Virginia made various attempts to phase out slavery, either through law (see Thomas Jefferson Randolph's 1832 resolution) or through "repatriation" of blacks to Africa. Many emigrants to Africa from Virginia and North Carolina embarked from the port of Norfolk. Joseph Jenkins Roberts, a native of Norfolk, was an emigrant who became the first president of Liberia.
Norfolk is home to three public universities and one private. It also hosts a community college campus in downtown. Norfolk State University is the largest majority black university in Virginia and offers degrees in a wide variety of liberal arts. Virginia Wesleyan College is a small private liberal arts college, and shares its eastern border with the neighboring city of Virginia Beach.
Norfolk is the cultural heart of the Hampton Roads region. In addition to its outstanding museums, Norfolk is the principal home for several major performing arts companies. Norfolk also plays host to numerous yearly festivals and parades, mostly at Town Pointe Park in downtown. The revitalization of downtown Norfolk has helped to improve the Hampton Roads cultural scene. In particular, a large number of clubs, representing a wide range of music interests and sophistication now line the lower Granby Street area. Norfolk celebrates the rich ethnic diversity of its population with sights, sounds, attractions and special events that pay tribute to the city’s long multicultural heritage.
Town Point Park in downtown plays host to a wide variety of annual events from early spring through late fall. Harborfest, the region's largest annual festival, celebrated its 30th year in 2006. It is held during the first weekend of June and celebrates the region's proximity and attachment to the water. Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival, a celebration of the Cajun people and culture, had small beginnings. This three-day festival during the third week of June has become one of the largest in the region and, in addition to serving up Cajun cuisine, also features Cajun music. The Norfolk Jazz Festival, though smaller by comparison to some of the big city jazz festivals, still manages to attract the country's top jazz performers. It is held in August. The Town Point Virginia Wine Festival has become a showcase for Virginia-produced wines and has enjoyed increasing success over the years. Virginia's burgeoning wine industry has become noted both within the United States and on an international level.
Norfolk has a humid subtropical climate with moderate changes of seasons. Spring arrives in March with mild days and cool nights, and by late May, the temperature has warmed up considerably to herald warm summer days. Summer temperatures can be unpleasantly hot, often topping 90 °F with high humidity. On average, July is the warmest month of the year, with the maximum average precipitation. Hurricanes and tropical storms usually brush Norfolk and only occasionally make landfalls in the area. Fall is marked by mild to warm days and cooler nights. Winter is usually mild in Norfolk, with the coldest days featuring lows near or slightly above freezing and highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s.
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Anjella Paulette Day Spa - Category: African American Spa - 118 E. 17th Street - Norfolk, VA (757) 622-3472
Braids Xpert - Category: Black Hair Salons - 871 N. Military Hwy - Norfolk, Virginia (757) 461-6500
Options Unisex Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - Hair weaves and extensions. - 1207 N. Military Highway - Norfolk, Virginia (757) 328-8463 -
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Dee's Little Angels - Category: Childcare Services - GREAT CHILD CARE (low ratio) GREAT LOCATION (close to NOB) GREAT PRICE ($90) per week call Ms.Dee at (910) 224-3303 for more information on a wonderful child care experience. - 1415 East Ocean View Ave. Norfolk, VA (910) 224-3303
Graves Funeral Home - Category: Funeral Services - Graves Funeral Home has been family owned and operated since its inception in 1953.
- 1631 Church Street, Norfolk, VA (757) 622-1085 - (visit website)
Keith Cephus Photography - Category: Photography - 12 Best Square., Norfolk, VA 23502 (757) 430-2169 - (visit website)
Norfolk State University - Category: HBCU - 700 Park Ave
Norfolk, VA 23504-8000 (757) 823-8600 - (visit website)
Words of Wisdom Books and Gifts - Category: Bookstore - P.O. Box 4777 Norfolk, VA 23523 (757) 543-3362
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Alice May's Soul Food - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 112 Bank Street - Norfolk, VA (757) 622-5800
Carlos Soul Food - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 2912 Church Street - Norfolk, VA (757) 625-3333
Mama James Soul Food - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 537 East Little Creek Road - Norfolk, VA (757) 588-6262
Martin's Soul Food To Go - Category: Soul Food - 5765 Northampton Blvd - Norfolk, VA (757) 313-7318
MP Island Cafe Caribbean & Soulfood - Category: Caribbean Cuisine - 5957 E Virginia Beach Boulevard - Norfolk, VA (757) 466-0220
Soulicious - Category: Soul Food - 117 W Tazewell St - Norfolk, VA (757) 216-3093
Souls Desire - Category: Soul Food - 636 W 35th St - Norfolk, VA (757) 616-0666
United House of Prayer Kitchen - Category: Soul Food - 1206 Church Street - Norfolk, VA (757) 640-8454
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