In the interim, please enjoy a few reminders of upcoming events that will address African-American history and ancestral research. Hey, inquiring minds want to know!
On Saturday, June 16, the Orange County African-American Historical Society (OCAAHS), joined by The Arts Center In Orange and the Montpelier Foundation, will host their annual Juneteenth celebration.
There will be more detail on the Juneteenth celebration in the coming weeks but as a teaser, ponder on being able to visit with re-enactors, including Women of the Civil War, USCT soldiers, Harriet Tubman and tales told by local black baseball players. Listen to incredible music from the Shady Grove Men’s Choir; a reggae band; and the Boys & Girls Club of Orange will again perform. Meanwhile, there will be a variety of artists and vendors displaying handmade products.
Food will be available for purchase and tours and other activities will be optional. Details on this and other information will be forthcoming, but be sure to put it on your calendar! It will be a day to enjoy for the entire family.
For those unacquainted with the meaning of Juneteenth, please read the overly simplistic explanation here, then you can Google the term. Better yet, come to the event June 16.
In a nutshell, Juneteenth is the combining of June and the day date of the 19th, the very day in 1865 that Union General Gordon Granger read the General Order No. 3 (the Emancipation Proclamation) in Galveston, Texas that stated all those held in the bondage of slavery were now and forever more free.
It is believed that Texas was the last to get the message or the last to acknowledge that the war was over: The Army of the Trans Mississippi did not surrender until June 2, 1865.
—Buried Truth Column, Orange County Review, June 2016
Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, the OCAAHS will offer its second genealogy workshop. The subject of this event will be “Understanding and Exploring the 1870 Census.” I will conduct the workshop. The fee is $10, and all proceeds benefit the Orange County Historical Society.
The site will be announced in the next couple of weeks, but you can make your reservations now. Contact me at (540) 718-3465, M16439@aol.com or send a note to OCAAHS, 130 Caroline St. Orange, VA 22960.
Black horsemen of Orange County, we want to tell your stories again. Families, descendants, and friends who have photos, memorabilia, and remembrances, please contact me sooner than later.
Riot at Rapidan, 1907: I am working on a fascinating story brought to my attention by a reader in Orange. The event occurred on the Culpeper side of the river but involved men who are believed to have been Orange County residents. The surnames are Taliaferro, Taylor and Jacobs. Please contact me if you have any information.
Until next week, be well.