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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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Dr. Edna Lewis Historic Marker Unveiling at Freetown April 13th, 2024
The historical marker dedication ceremony is slated for 10:30 a.m., Saturday April 13, at the entrance to Freetown Farm on the Marquis Road. Please Note: Participants must park at North Pamunkey Baptist Church, just a mile and a half away, at 15109 Pamunkey Lane, Orange, VA. Starting at 9:30 a.m., shuttle buses will ferry participants to and from the marker dedication site.
Following the dedication ceremony, the celebration will continue, complete with a birthday cake-cutting at nearby Carter Farms
(26273 Carters Lane, Unionville, VA).

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