LEARN SHARE ILLUMINATE
Welcome To The Website of the
Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project!
Learn: I started this project in February, 2013. I wanted to learn about African-American History of the Shenandoah Valley. I also wanted to learn about the families who contributed so much to the building of the Valley. Our history books did not tell us of the many thousands of men who walked to neighboring states to sign up to serve in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War. Nor did we learn of the hundreds of men and women who lived as Freedmen and women of the early 1800's. They were saddlers, coopers, bakers, shoemakers.
Share: Soon I discovered several Valley Historians and Authors. Their work is extensive and can be found in different parts of the Shenandoah Valley. This research is in local libraries, University Special Collections and Historical Societies. I wanted to share these and the discoveries I was making. I started this website, which I update monthly. I also have monthly research/resource sessions at the Simms Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, every second Wednesday of the Month, 1:00pm - 5:00pm.
Illuminate: This History's strength, love of family and faith will inspire. The "Newtown's" of the Valley, building schools, churches and cemeteries. Working hard throughout the decades, contributing to all communities, enduring injustices and remaining strong. It's time to Learn, Share and Illuminate this wonderful history!
I hope you enjoy the website and find it "illuminating"!
WHO: Local Historians, Writers, Artists, Teachers, Descendants, Interested Residents, NSDAR, Neighborhood Associations.
WHAT : Sharing, centralizing and expanding the resources on the history and heritage of the African American families of the Shenandoah Valley, through this website, meetings, programs and the future "Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Center".
WHERE : Our research/meeting sessions are on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, from 1:00PM - 5:00PM in the historic Lucy F. Simms Center in the NE Neighborhood of Harrisonburg, Virginia.