Virginia Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs

Virginia Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs

Built in 1925 as a dwelling, the building located on Pembroke Avenue in Hampton would go on to become the Last Headquarters of the Virginia Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. The Barrett-Peake Heritage Foundation, Inc., formed by Dr. Mary T. Christian, obtained the house in the 1990s with the purpose of renovating it into a museum and cultural center and continuing the work of the Virginia Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. Dr. Christian, the first African American woman to represent Virginia’s 92nd District in the Virginia House of Delegates since reconstruction, died in 2019. After her death, the Barrett-Peake Heritage Foundation temporarily halted the rehabilitation work of the Headquarters.

Threat and Solution

The Barrett-Peake Heritage Foundation has completed a partial rehabilitation of the house, and has successfully advocated for both a state highway marker and a City of Hampton heritage marker for the site, but the foundation is in desperate need of support and funding to complete the work on the headquarters.

By successfully funding the completed renovations, the Headquarters will serve as a center to educate the public about Janie Porter Barrett and African American women’s clubs. The Barrett-Peake Heritage Foundation is not only involved with the renovation of the headquarters property, it also serves as a custodian of three cemeteries in Hampton: Elmerton, Bassette and Thornton Cemeteries.

Last Headquarters of the Virginia Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs was placed on Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Places in 2023.

For more information, or to support or donate to the foundation, please contact Dr. Colita N. Fairfax, cnfairfax@nsu.edu, https://www.barrett-peake.org/