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This exhibit highlights the President’s connection to his Rockingham roots through his own handwritten letters to his cousin, David Lincoln, at Lacey Spring and through the President’s meeting with Representative J.T. Harris, of Rockingham County, on the eve of the Civil War. It contrasts the dirt floor log cabin of the President’s birth with the stately Lincoln Homestead, built by the President’s great uncle, Jacob Lincoln, still standing on Linville Creek.
During the 1600s and 1700s, nearly 250,000 Africans were brought to colonial America to serve as enslaved agricultural workers, domestic servants, and artisans. The great majority were members of West African cultures that lived on the Atlantic coast. Their population was highest in South Carolina and Virginia. Beginning in the early 1700s, Virginia tobacco planters imported increasing numbers of captive Africans to work their plantations. Nearly 40% of the Africans imported into Virginia during this time were brought from a part of the West African coast called the Bight of Biafra. Many of these captives were Igbo, a people living in the upland area north of the Bight of Biafra in what is now the nation of Nigeria. The West African Farm represents life in a free Igbo household in the Biafran hinterlands in the 1700s.
There will be 130+ posters of old photos of family groups, churches, schools, and local landmarks. Other researchers will attend to gather and share information. This is the 22nd annual celebration of this event. Last year, in spite of heavy rains that flooded some roads, there were 270 visitors, from 17 different states plus one person from South Africa.
There will be two special programs during the day. Bonnie Paul will present a program on fraktur, the German-language certificates that our ancestors liked to make for births, baptisms, and special occasions. There was a fraktur artist from Brocks Gap, and Bonnie will talk about his work. Also a tentatively scheduled program on World War II soldiers from Plains District/Brocks Gap who were killed in action.
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society will be there with books for sale and information about the Heritage Museum and programs.More details about Brocks Gap Heritage Day are at http://brocksgapvirginia.blogspot.com/
Rockingham County learns of Stonewall Jackson's Death.
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