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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JUNETEENTH 2022: “A HOMECOMING CELEBRATION”

The 2022 OCAAHS Juneteenth Celebration will be held in person and online! This year's theme "A Homecoming Celebration" recognizes the role of Juneteenth in bringing families and communities back together.

Sunday, June 19th: 11 AM to 5 PM

 

Please join us for the

DEDICATION OF THE COMMEMORATIVE PARK

Celebrating the important African American heritage in the Town of Orange located in the historic area of Church Street and surrounds.

 

PRESENTED BY

ORANGE COUNTY AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

and

Orange Downtown Alliance dba LOVEOrangeVirginia

 

LOCATION

Dedication Program: 12:30 PM to 2 PM….138 W. Church St.

OTHER FANTASTIC ACTIVITIES: 11 AM to 12:30 PM and

2PM to 5PM at the Commemorative Park and throughout the historic Town of Orange (Printed Program w/ map and schedule available)

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Memories of Orange, Virginia with James Bruce Monroe III

Public Statement Regarding Montpelier Dispute Posted April 13, 2022
The Orange County African American Historical Society seeks to enhance and promote awareness of the accomplishments and contributions of people of African descent as organic and essential components of our community, and our nation at large. To that end, the OCAAHS is concerned about the history of African Americans as well as the Society’s involvement in the current process of inclusion at Montpelier. Inclusion is best achieved through parity with the Montpelier Descendant Committee as defined in the June 2021 vote by The Montpelier  Foundation. Parity ensures that the interests and missions of all concerned parties are adequately represented at the table. 

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