- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia is recognizing a thriving African-American neighborhood in Petersburg with a state historical marker.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources marker pays homage to Pocahontas Island and its residents. Established in 1752 as the town of Pocahontas, the neighborhood became part of Petersburg in 1784.

By 1860, more members of the city’s free African-American community lived there than any other neighborhood. Residents worked in tobacco factories and on wharves that served Appomattox River trade.

A dedication ceremony was planned on Sunday.

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