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The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Unveils New Book


The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Unveils New Book

Honoring Their Paths: African American Contributions

Along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground

Researched Stories Tell of Contributions Made by Individuals

Who Lived in the National Heritage Area


Now Available


WATERFORDVA,  -- The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership has unveiled its latest book revealing 100 more stories of people and places that have played critical roles in creating the rich history of the region known as Where America Happened.


Honoring Their Paths: African American Contributions Along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground shines a light on the realities of slave life, freemen, nationally acclaimed artists and civil rights leaders, revealing three hundred years of untold contributions to our American heritage.


Robert K. Sutton, PhD, Chief Historian for the National Park Service said, “After three years of extensive research, this remarkable book brings to the public a rich and complex component of our American narrative by looking beyond the bricks and mortar of historic sites to the people who—through courage, creativity and conviction—helped shape our nation.” 


Written by Dr. Deborah Lee, Honoring Their Paths: .African American Contributions Along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, is a 248-page book that was produced with the keen insight and expertise of 34 historians and academicians.  It includes fifteen easy-to-use maps, fascinating profiles as well as archival images depicting many of the indelible contributions made by African Americans who lived within the four-state Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area that runs from GettysburgPA to Monticello, VA.


“Generation after generation, the people of this amazing region have been called upon to define what it means to be an American,” said Cate Magennis Wyatt, president of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership.  “Yet we found many of these extraordinary stories were untold. Accordingly, we sought and fortunately secured funding to ensure we had the finest scholars and the most dedicated team to more fully uncover this history”


Dr. Lee, said, “Understanding the African American experience lends new dimensions to the phrase ‘hallowed ground.’  We owe gratitude to the many African Americans, famous and anonymous, who have enriched our world in so many ways.  Through their lives and work, their struggles and achievements, they hallowed this ground.  Through this project, and through visits to the places they knew, we seek to honor their paths.”


Honoring Their Paths: African American Contributions Along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground is published by the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership and has been made possible by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission, Loudoun Preservation and Restoration Society, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and individual contributions.


The book is available through the JTHG Web site: and retails for $20.

In addition to its rich African American history, the National Heritage Area includes nine Presidential homes, the largest collection of Civil War sites, 23 historic Main Street Communities, 13 National Park units, 73 National Historic Districts, significant Native American history, sites from the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.


This is the fifth book produced by the JTHG Partnership – all providing critical historical elements to depict a more complete story of the hallowed region.  The other books include:

  • The Journey Through Hallowed Ground: Birthplace of the American Ideal

  • The Journey Through Hallowed Ground—The Official Travel Guide to Where America Happened

  • Hallowed Ground - Preserving America's Heritage

  • The Journey Through Hallowed Ground: An Activity Book for Young Historians by Young Historians


The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising national and local awareness of the unparalleled history in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, which generally follows the 

Old Carolina Road
 (Rt. 15/20/231) fromGettysburg, through Maryland, to Monticello in Albemarle CountyVA.  For more information, go to


Media Contact:

John K. Jones

Director of Communications

Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership




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