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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

Latest News & Updates from OCAAHS

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OCAAHS Annual Meeting, February 12, 2023,

at The Arts Center in Orange

New board members were elected, the Fifth Annual OCAAHS Eclipse Award recipients were honored and a panel of three distinguished Orange County African American agriculturalists discussed the past, present and future of the industry. The afternoon event was hosted by OCAAHS President James Bruce Monroe, III.

Click here to see the agriculture presentation, featuring Roland Terrell of the Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program, eleventh-generation farmer Michael Carter Jr. and Seidah Armstrong, owner of

Sweet Vines Winery in Unionville.

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