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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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Latest News & Updates from OCAAHS

Fifth Annual OCAAHS Eclipse Awards

OCAAHS launched the Eclipse Award program five years ago to honor those who have consistently gone above and beyond in raising awareness of Orange County’s African American people and history. In 2020, the Society created a separate category for youth. The Eclipse Youth Award includes a small scholarship and recognizes young people who have demonstrated through their volunteerism, leadership, and other activities a commitment to raise awareness of Orange County’s African American people and history. With gratitude for their presence in our community, we present to you the Class of 2022 Eclipse Award recipients.

 

We will celebrate them in person at our annual meeting on February 12, 2023.

 

2022 Eclipse Award recipients, in alpha order: Donea Brooks (Youth), Rebecca Gilmore Coleman, Jane Ware Johnson, Flossie Jones, Anthony Owens (Youth) and Jeff Poole.

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