Display highlighting the achievements of Armistead S. Nickens presented to museum

From left are Bonita James, Karen Fauntleroy, Brenda Campbell, Carroll Lee Ashburn and Francine Aytes Hunter.

by AnnGardner Eubank

KILMARNOCK—Descendants of Armistead S. Nickens, Lancaster County’s first black elected official, presented Carroll Lee Ashburn, president of the Kilmarnock Museum, a display recognizing the life and contributions of Nickens on Monday, October 25.

According to Francine Aytes Hunter, the display is a part of the process of getting a much larger historical project.

The group of women said they have been working for several years to have a highway marker honoring Nickens erected in Lancaster County. On September 23, the Virginia Board of Historic Resources approved the marker.

The marker will read: “Armistead Nickens was born into a family of free people of color that included at least 12 veterans of the Revolutionary War. In 1867 the local agent of the Freedmen’s Bureau identified him as a strong potential candidate for….[to-view-more]