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African American Diaspora

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. MARCUS GARVEY

The Orange County African American Historical Society (OCAAHS) was founded to explore African American contributions to the cultural and historical heritage of Orange County, Virginia.


We also seek to enhance and promote awareness of the accomplishments and contributions of people of African descent as organic and essential components of our community, and of our nation, at large.


Toward those ends, we endeavor to identify, research and preserve African American legacies, lore, and historical sites.

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Allan Jackson

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Join the Orange County African American Historical Society, Carter Farms, Africulture, and The Arts Center in Orange for a community celebration of Juneteenth. Featuring local musicians, storytellers, and activities for all.


11:00 am - 2:00 pm, FAITH TO FREEDOM, Orange County African American Historical Society

11:00am: Welcome
11:15am: Performance by Hopewell Choir
11:40am: OCHS African American Club
12:05pm: Dr. Dena Jennings Story and Song
12:30pm: BRAVO select musicians and Honored Names read
12:55pm: Orange School of Performing Arts Dance
1:20pm: PHMS Academic Scholars' Skits and More Honored Names read
1:45pm - 2:15pm: Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Performers with dance, acrobatics and music

In grass area in front of stage. Some audience may move to sit on stage to see.

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