Oatlands Awarded $12K for African American Exhibit – Loudoun Now

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens has landed a $12,000 grant to fund permanent interpretation of African American history at former plantation.

The project is funded by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation with support from The JPB Foundation and will be led by Oatlands Director of Programming and Education Lori Kimball.

The grant will allow Oatlands to use the Smoke House, a building in the historic garden, to exhibit its research about the enslaved people who lived on the property. The interactive exhibit will educate school groups and visitors with stories and images featuring specific individuals, their families and their descendants and will periods of enslavement, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, segregation during…

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