This is my site Written by mskovira on September 4, 2014 – 3:21 pm

On Saturday, September 13th, Neely Young, Rockbridge Historical Society Board member and author of Ripe for Emancipation: Rockbridge and Southern Anti-Slavery from Revolution to Civil War, will be giving a presentation on the life and legacy of Othello Richards. Richards was a slave owned and freed in Rockbridge County by the McDowell/Taylor family, then ordained as a Methodist Minister, and an early emissary to Liberia. The program is part of a series of events that Young has arranged on the weekend and will be attended by a reunion of American and Liberian descendents of Othello Richards. Young’s talk will begin at 2:00 PM at the Randolph St. United Methodist Church, which is co-sponsoring the program with the Rockbridge Historical Society. For more info, contact

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