The old Fortson Public Library on 14 Old Griffin Road in Hampton, now being used as a community center, was dedicated on Thursday February 28, 2019 to Catherine Solomon Williams, the first African-American City Council member in Hampton’s history.
Mrs. Williams was elected to the Hampton City Council in 1991 and spent her life depositing the best parts of herself to the lives of others. Her unselfish service has benefited the city of Hampton greatly, and she will be remembered for her dedication, her faith and her family.
The idea to dedicate the facility was the brainchild of Councilwoman Ann Tarpley and fellow Councilman Elton Brown.
A portrait of Mrs. Catherine S. Williams and a plaque detailing her accomplishments is located prominently in the community center.