Original Author: Jamestown Official Photograph Corporation
Publisher: Library of Virginia
The Negro Building at the Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition
Flags fly atop the two-story Negro Building that was part of the 1907 Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition, held in Norfolk, that commemorated the three-hundredth anniversary of the founding of Jamestown by English settlers. The U.S. government spent $100,000 on the Negro Building, which was designed as an exhibition space to "show the life of the colored race from the days they were brought from Africa to the present," according to the New York Times. The Negro Development and Exposition Company estimated that the exhibition drew between 3,000 and 12,000 spectators per day.