Local researchers gather WWI African-American history : Augusta Free Press

On the eve of the Civil War, the African-American population of Staunton and Augusta County stood at about 20 percent. In 1865, when Staunton became the headquarters for the Freedmen’s Bureau in the aftermath of the war, those population figures increased.

Today the black population of the county is just over four percent, while the percentage in Staunton is 12 percent and 10 percent in Waynesboro. In between then and now many social factors caused a dramatic drop downward and today’s relatively small numbers sometimes…

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