Staunton Park Documentary

Staunton residents have the chance to become part of a History Channel documentary. The city held a meeting Wednesday night to gather stories and memories about Staunton's Montgomery Hall Park.

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is working on an oral history of the park. Several residents attended the meeting to be interviewed for the documentary.

The park was set aside for African-Americans during the segregation era in the mid-1900s. The documentary will be used as a teaching tool in local schools.

"I think it's going to bring quite a few people together to help remember how important this park was to them when they were children," says Amy Tillerson-Brown, an assistant professor of history at Mary Baldwin College.

"We don't want to let this history slip through our fingers," says Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Director Joel Hodson. "We really want to get everyone's memories videotaped and we're going to create an archive."

If you would like to help with the project by submitting pictures or memories, just contact the Woodrow Wilson Library. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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