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The Martin Years

The Norfolk Historical Society's Hampton Roads Biography Project has published the first in a series of biographies of the region's twentieth-century civic leaders.

The Martin YearsThe Martin Years, by author Amy Waters Yarsinske, covers the private life and public service of Roy B. Martin, Jr., who served on the Norfolk City Council for three decades and was Mayor from 1962 to 1974.

The book covers:

  • The 1950s when Norfolk was No. 1 in Virginia, larger than Fairfax County and still growing . . .
    When the state shut down Norfolk's white high schools for five months . . .
  • The 1960s when a merger between Norfolk and Virginia Beach fell apart in anger . . .
    When General MacArthur was buried in Norfolk . . .
  • The 1970s when Walter Chrysler, Jr., gave his art collection to Norfolk

The Martin Years is available for $14.95 in various retail locations, including the Chrysler Museum gift shop at 245 West Olney Road and Prince Books at 109 East Main Street.


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