2607 Salem Church Rd
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Orange County African Americans during and after the Civil War. Presented by Zann Nelson, September 12.
Zann will present findings based on her 30+ years research of African American history in the Piedmont region of Virginia. The power point presentation will offer a special focus on the Wilderness area and will include examples of resources utilized: the Freedmans ‘ Bureau Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, Personal Property Tax records, Birth and Census Records, and courthouse records. Case studies are included to demonstrate the research methodology and authenticate the stories.
Zann Nelson is a Historical Investigator, Writer, and Public Speaker
After more than 45 years of immersion in non-profit organizational development, grassroots political campaigns, museum management, and horse and cattle farming Zann launched a company called History Quest to focus on her one true passion: the investigative work of unknown histories.
She is an award-winning journalist authoring investigative feature articles and more than 600 columns entitled “Buried Truth” and “Zann’s Place.”
In addition to the array of pursuits mentioned above, her background includes a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University; 12 years as director of the Culpeper Museum, 12 years as a full-time volunteer with the National Park Service and 6 years as president of the Civil War preservation group, Friends of Wilderness Battlefield.
Zann’s current pursuit
- Historic Investigator: James Madison and the Louisiana 16: Discovering their identities and Connecting the Living Descendants
- Recently completed a 6-week research and public speaking tour of eight Southern states regarding the Louisiana 16 Project.
- Historic Investigator: discovered the identities of several dozen former slaves in a North Carolina county;
- Historic Investigator: developed by Virginia county, lists of hundreds of people of color predominantly former slaves who enlisted in the United States Colored Troops during the American Civil War
….and recent achievements:
- Director: established and implemented the African American Descendants’ Project for James Madison’s Montpelier Foundation
- Lead Consultant: developed a Cultural and Historic Asset Inventory along the Route 3 Wilderness Corridor in Orange County (OC), VA for the OC Board of Supervisors
She resides on the family farm in Culpeper County, Virginia.