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Culpeper to recognize historic black neighborhood

Friday - 12/14/2012, 3:09am  ET

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) -- The town of Culpeper is recognizing one of its earliest African-American neighborhoods.

A marker will be dedicated Friday telling the story of Sugar Bottom. The Star Exponent ( reports that the area was a vibrant commercial and residential center formed in the late 19th century around historic Antioch Church.

The name derives from an underground spring. The water was said to be as sweet as sugar.

Local black citizens worked with historian Zann Nelson to develop text for the marker. It included a section about Dr. Kyle "O.K." Burnette, who lived and worked in Sugar Bottom in the mid-1900s. He delivered most of the babies in the community.


Information from: Culpeper Star-Exponent,

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