Commemorating AAHA 30th Anniversary
"Down Through The Years"
LISTEN! THE COMMUNITY SPEAKS (2018-2019) was an oral history project funded by the PATH Foundation to conduct interviews with African Americans from Fauquier County and preserve their memories of growing up 50 years ago or earlier. Audio and video sessions were held at church fellowship halls, the AAHA Resource Library, and even a local restaurant. People were enthused and excited about sharing neighborhood reflections from the 1960s and before. The original concept was regenerated at a roundtable discussion at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Morgantown, when a group came together to talk about what it was like to grow up near the Free State area of Marshall. Between 2001 and 2007, AAHA conducted at least 15 similar conversations with elderly African Americans born in Fauquier. Listen! The Community Speaks was a huge success culminating in nearly 20 interviews thus far.
Individuals with the following family names participated in the project or took part in the earlier interviews: Blue, Bolden, Brown, Carter, Champ, Chichester, Davis, Freeman, Gaines, Gaskin, Gibbs, Gibson, Grant, Holmes, Jackson, Johnson, Jolley, Jolly, Jones, Latney, Lewis, Lloyd, Logan, Montgomery, Moore, Nelson, Poles, Reed, Robinson, Roland, Smith, Tapscott, Taylor, Thompson, Tibbs, Walker, Washington, White, Whitmore, and Woods.
Groups or individuals representing the following communities also participated: Ashville, Blackwelltown, Crest Hill, Haiti aka Hayti, Hume, Hurleytown, Madisontown, Morgantown, Oliver City, Orlean, Rectortown, Shipmadilly, Tall Timbers, The Plains, and Waterloo.
If you, or someone you know, would like to provide an oral history about growing up in an African American community in Fauquier 50 years ago or earlier, give AAHA a call at 540-253-7488.