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Mission Statement: The Orange County African-American Historical Society (OCAAHS) was founded to explore African-American contributions to the cultural and historical heritage of Orange County, Virginia. We also seek to enhance and promote awareness of the accomplishments and contributions of people of African descent as organic and essential components of our community, and of our nation, at large. Toward those ends, we endeavor to identify, research and preserve African-American legacies, lore, and historical sites.

Board of Directors


Rev. Darryle Crump

Vice President:

Zann Nelson, Historian


JoAnn Brock


Robert Anthony

Board Members and Committees:

Rev. Harold Brown, Parliamentarian
Rebecca Gilmore Coleman, History
Mary Freeman, History
Lois Goodall, Finance
Joan Graves, Finance
James Monroe III, History
Judy Peterson, History         
Dr. Matt Reeves, Social Media
Dani Rivera, Social Media
Ellen Wessel, Social Media

Emeritus Board Members:

Edmond Harrison Jr.