Historical markers to recognize 2 sites in Lynchburg that had ties to slavery, Civil War

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LYNCHBURG, Virginia — Two state historical markers are being christened this weekend in Lynchburg.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources markers each will be dedicated on Sunday. One will recognize a home for formerly enslaved women, while the other will recognize the site of Confederate soldiers' camp that later emerged as a refuge for freed slaves after the Civil War.

The home for former slaves was called Amelia Perry Pride's Dorchester Home. It was established in 1897 as a haven for former slave women.

Camp Davis was a Civil War mustering ground for Southern troops from Virginia under the command of Col. Jubal A. Early. It later became an important refuge for freed slaves.

The dedication of the two markers will take place during the 3rd Pierce Street Harlem Renaissance Festival.

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