Petersburg will promote Pocahontas Island’s unique heritage as an early free black community with promotional events and signs on interstates 85 an 95. City Manager William Johnson announced an initiative on Monday to promote the Island and Jarratt House, identified by Preservation Virginia as one of the Commonwealth’s most endangered historic sites saying, “We have an excellent opportunity to get down and make a plan for how to move the city forward.”
He told the Progress Index the city is on board with plans to promote Pocahontas Island and considers it important to tourism and the entire city. Signs on the interstates right now mention Old Towne but not Pocahontas Island.
The Jarratt House and another property on Witten Street have been identified as verifiable stops on the Underground Railroad.