The documentation and preservation of local Black History is near and dear to my heart. Too often we all overlook the greatness that lies in the African-Americans that were born and raised in the very streets, neighborhoods or communities that we live in that may have been overlooked by prominent national historians of the African-American experience. It’s encouraging and inspirational when I find a group of people taking it upon themselves to learn more about the historic African-American communities in their local metropolitan area.
The article, Mary Baldwin College Documentary Focuses on Staunton’s Historical Black Communities, is about a Mary Baldwin College project entitled “Threads of History”. This documentary will focus on Booker T. Washington High School and the African-American communities of Staunton, Virginia. What started off as a small community outreach project is now turning into something larger and of greater value. It will consist of a museum at Booker T. Washington High School, a mural for the school inspired by the community’s history and a documentary that will feature members of the community telling stories describing the African-American experience in Staunton, VA from the 1920’s up to today.
Hopefully, this article will motivate others to begin recording the history of their neighborhoods and local communities so that the information can be preserved for future generations. I’m a believer that if we can find a way to help the youth understand and embrace the historic importance of their communities and of the achievements made by those that live in the community, that they will do a better job in being caretakers and upright members of that community. What do you think?
Read the entire article below and view a slide show of some of the residents of Staunton, Virginia that are assisting with the “Threads of History” documentary project: