Buried Truth: Introduction of a new series begins…

This column, rather appropriately titled “Buried Truth,” provides accounts of African-American heritage that have for too long been ignored, overlooked, hidden, denied or misrepresented. As the author, I do not claim to be the only one sharing this history, thank goodness and grace, because it is far too vast for one person! It requires the …

Buried Truth: “40 acres and a mule?” (Not quite) Part One

To the emancipated former slave, ownership of a piece of rich, red loam was an empowering thing. As stated in “Black Farmers in America,” by John Francis Ficara and Juan Williams, “It was true emancipation—no one could confuse a slave with a landowner.” Owning land historically has been a motivating force for all Americans, sustaining …

Buried Truth: Save the date!

I am thrilled to report that the Orange County African-American Historical Society (OCAAHS) will host its first-ever awards banquet. Now, this may seem somewhat humdrum to a lot of folks, but that would be an incorrect assumption. OCAAHS was founded in 2001 and adopted the following mission statement: “The Orange County African-American Historical Society (OCAAHS) …

Buried Truth: Pete Hill, baseball hall of famer (an introduction)

Have you met “Pete” Hill? John Preston “Pete” Hill was an outstanding Negro Leagues Baseball player often talked about in the same sentence as the better-known Babe Ruth. In July of 2006, a man named Joseph Preston “Pete” Hill, born in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1880, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, …