Altavista Museum Plans Plantation Reunion

Altavista, VA,. - A museum in Altavista is planning a reunion for the descendants of plantation families, including enslaved and free workers.

The reunion is planned at Avoca Museum, a former plantation in Altavista.

Museum director Frank Murray says he hopes to bridge a gap by bringing people together.

The museum is seeking the descendants of workers who toiled for two plantation families, the Lynches and the Dearings. Anyone who thinks they have a connection is encouraged to come.

One goal of the event is to expand museum records on the names of those who worked at the plantations and are buried in a slave cemetery. Researchers have already begun the task of identifying the workers through various records.