SUN., Feb. 20, 2 PM
IN RECOGNITION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Charity L. Derrow, a graduate of James Madison University majoring in public history, will present her research on Afro- American graves in the Linville Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Broadway, VA.
Derrow completed this project as a part of a course requirement at the University. Her research examines the Afro- American population of the Broadway area following the Civil War and focuses on several prominent black families whose gravestones can be found in the Linville Creek Cemetery.
Charity Derrow is a life-long resident of Rockingham Co. She is currently employed by an online higher education company as a content manager. She and her husband Jeff live near Timberville and are the parents of three daughters all of whom are teachers in Rockingham Co.
SPEAKER ATTRACTS LARGE CROWN TO THE MUSEUM
On Sun., Jan. 23 Pat Turner Ritchie, local historian and author, presented a visual presentation of the history of Western Plains District to an audience of approximately ninety interested residents. Focusing on the development of the Brocks Gap communities, she illustrated through pictures the origin of community names, significant landmarks, and people who over the years have created the history of the area.
The current exhibit at the Museum is based on these same themes with emphasis on the social and economic development of the area through stores, schools, churches, mills, medicine, and entertainment.
The exhibit which is free to the public will be on display at the Museum
through June 2022.