I think I’d like to open up the first major post in this blog with a link to Aunt Betty’s Story. “Aunt Betty” was actually Bethany Veney, a former Page County slave who was freed after having been purchased by a New England man. I’ll go ahead and let Ms. Veney tell the full story…
Click on the cover image below to access the online version of her book, available through the University of North Carolina’s “Documenting the American South” site.
Despite the role played by African-Americans in the history of Page County, Virginia through 1865, the stories of these people have been curiously absent for far too long. Thus, this blog will serve as a vessel for filling a void in memory; a void in the memory of a county and the history of that county.
I’ll be posting here from time to time. It may be weekly or more often.