African Americans in Culpeper, Orange, Madison and Rappahannock Counties
The fourth president of the United States, James Madison, and his wife, Dolley, stamped their influence throughout Culpeper, Orange, Madison, and Rappahannock Counties with their plantation, Montpelier, and the enslaved men and women who supported them. One of those enslaved men, Paul Jennings, whose sons later became Union soldiers during the Civil War, penned his memoir in 1865. The legacy of slavery undergirds the region, and its ravages are undeniably on the faces of minority residents. The Civil War also has a footprint throughout the region; one example is the Battle of Cedar Mountain where, more than 85 years later, the first regional high school for minority children was built. Celebrants include World War I veteran Newman Nighten Gibson, of the 370th Infantry; Nannie Helen Burroughs, who founded a school for African American girls in Washington, DC; and Edna Lewis, who became a master chef in New York in her 30s and later was honored by the US Postal Service on a forever stamp.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467129947
: Arcadia Publishing
: 01/21/2019
: Virginia
: Images of America
: 169 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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A Texas native and Virginia resident, Terry L. Miller is an author and museum curator who helps local communities document and display their histories. Descendants shared family lore so that a portrait emerged of African American beauty, spirit, resilience, and pain.
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