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New OCAAHS Logo Unveiled

ORANGE COUNTY AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY UNVEILS NEW LOGO INSPIRED BY WINNING ENTRY IN OCPS STUDENT DESIGN CONTEST



The tree roots form an outline of the continent of Africa. The leaf canopy takes the shape of the state of Virginia with a spot of orange signifying Orange County.

OCAAHS launched a student design contest in May 2022 inviting youth to help us create a new logo. It was open to all Orange County Public School students in grades 7 – 12. The top three winners would share $1,000 in prize money, with $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd and $200 for 3rd.



Twenty entries were subsequently judged by how well they echoed OCAAHS’ mission.

The Orange County African American Historical Society 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.


First place: Orange County High School 11th grader Anthony Owens

Anthony’s winning design was turned over to a professional graphic artist to develop his inspirational concept into a production-ready logo adaptable to multiple applications, including digital, print and for use on t-shirts and other merchandise.

An exhibit of all of the students’ artwork was held on the afternoon of Juneteenth, Sunday, June 19, at the Orange Arts Center. Cheyenne Hawkins won 2nd place; Katelyn Lauber took 3rd.


Logo Contest Judges OCAAHS board members Mary Furlong-Minkoff, Lois Goodall, Judy Peterson, Matt Reeves and Ellen Wessel and advisors Anna Pillow and Jeni Spencer.