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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: 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, …

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 …