Virginia

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: 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, …

Buried Truth: The saga of Pete Hill; birthplace records

Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Buena, Culpeper Co., VA Research has proven irrefutably that Pete Hill was born in Virginia. But Virginia is a vast state and a birthplace often provides the single thread, imbued with color, character and strength, that connects the generations. Pete Hill’s Social Security application recorded Rapidan, Va., as his birthplace. …

Buried Truth: Pete Hill’s family roots run long and deep in Virginia soil: Part One

Photo of Lizzie Seals contributed by the Pete Hill’s descendants. Baseball Hall of Famer and most likely the son of former slaves, John Preston “Pete” Hill, born in the village of Buena, Culpeper County, Va. in 1882, lived his entire adult life north of the Mason-Dixon Line. He played ball, not for fame or fortune, …

Buried Truth: Pete Hill’s family roots run long and deep in Virginia soil, part 2

Photo of Reuben W. Hill believed to be the father of John Preston “Pete” Hill courtesy of West Virginia archives The Hills William and Betty Hill of Madison County, perhaps members of the well-known, lighter-skinned Hill family of Culpeper and Madison, settled in the Buena area as early as 1870. Migrating with them were numerous …

ZANN’S PLACE: Digging deeper into interesting stories

Photo: Excerpt from an Article published Aug.16, 1877 in The Monongahela Republican source, Newspapers.com. The referenced Culpeper Times of 1877 has no association with the current-day Culpeper Times publication. Another teaser to feed your “anticipation.” Coming to a newspaper near you- that would be the Culpeper Times, of course- will be a series of stories on a tragic act of terrorism in our …