Shiloh Cemetery Graves

Collected by Robert Hodge Local historian Robert Hodge reported in 1981 that this information is from a report prepared by students of Germanna Community College circa 1979. The report is not verified and was unsigned. Indeed, there is a variation in the name Bumbrey - represented as Bumbray here, but there are stones with Bumbrey…
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A Discussion of Black History in the Development of Fredericksburg

From the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Black Laws of Virginia: A Summary of the Legislative Acts of Virginia Concerning Negroes from Earliest Times to the Present by June Purcell Guild. A fascinating and disturbing volume originally published in 1936. Civil Rights: Fredericksburg's Story. In this forum sponsored by the Young Adult Department of the Central Rappahannock…
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African-American History of Spotsylvania, Virginia

Researched and written by Ruth Coder Fitzgerald From the Start ... Blacks first arrived in isolated and sparsely populated Spotsylvania County along with white settlers in the early 1700's. Through the years before the Civil War, as slaves and occasionally as free men and women, they were an important force in area development. Occupations included…
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African-American History of Fredericksburg, Virginia

By Ruth Fitzgerald* Introduction: Blacks first inhabited Virginia in 1619. They came to the sparsely settled Rappahannock Valley long before Fredericksburg was officially founded in 1728. In colonial times, Fredericksburg and Falmouth, across the Rappahannock River in Stafford County, were important centers of trade. The towns were considered the gateway to the mountains and the…
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