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Downtown Orange adding new park to honor the historic Black Commercial District

OCAAHS is in the news regarding our work on the new park that is being established in downtown Orange featuring information on the historic Black Business District!



ORANGE, Va. (WVIR) - Orange County is shedding light on the history of its Black commercial district.

A $25,000 grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development was just approved to help create a park to honor the African-American community downtown.

“It draws the community together so that they understand it wasn’t just one set of people who made the wonderful history in this community,” project leader Zann Nelson said.

The Orange County African American Historical Society is the driving force of this project. They worked with the Orange Downtown Alliance to receive the money from Main Street Virginia and the Commonwealth.

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