Based on a true story: Rediscover an extraordinary story with ordinary roots. Thomas and Othello Fraction are brothers and best friends who had heard, and let no one forget, that they were descendants of an African nobleman whose tribal scars looked like tiger stripes. But here they were in America, considered three-fifths a person, and fighting two battles: one for the Nation and one for themselves. Read the true story that leads up to a “guns drawn” standoff, and learn how the Fraction family came to America, contributed to the foundation of America, joined the Civil War, survived murder attempts on their lives, and eventually settle outside of Blacksburg, Virginia as southern refugees.
More Than A Fraction: From Separation to Reunification
Conducting research and developing events and projects that: (1) Traces the migration and the stories of the enslaved community from Montgomery County, Virginia after exile and harassments stemming from slavery emancipation and the Virginia Black Codes; (2) Locating the descendants of those who were enslaved at the Smithfield and Solitude plantations (modern day Virginia Tech University) who were separated during slave trading, or lost during exile and reintroducing them to their history and each other. This includes continuous research expeditions and communal events that have brought together descendants from Maryland, Philadelphia, Montana, Minnesota, California, Texas, Missouri, Georgia, Oklahoma, and the District of Columbia.
Assisting the foundation with research, exhibits, and interpretations of the marginalized community (enslaved, indentured, and native) spanning the 18th and 19th century for the Smithfield house museum.
Virginia Tech University (Virginia Polytechnic University)
Assisting the university with multiple projects including: (1) Research on the marginalized community (enslaved) who contributed to the foundation of the university; (2) Educational exhibits in the Solitude house and the Fraction Family Cabin; (3) Interpretations of African American history as it relates to the University spanning the 18th and 19th century; (4) authoring text and chapters for university based exhibits, signs, articles, special collections additions, and university published books.
Research and Educational Presentations
Smithfield Seminar Series (Blacksburg, VA) October 8, 2020 (Pending Reschedule Due to COVID-19) Wilderness Road Regional Museum (Dublin, VA) July 12, 2020 (Pending Reschedule Due to COVID-19) African American Civil War Museum (Wash, DC) May 24, 2020 (Pending Reschedule Due to COVID-19) VT: Merry Tree Arbor Day Event (Blacksburg, VA) April 25, 2020 (Pending Reschedule Due to COVID-19) Eubie Blake Cultural Center (Baltimore, MD) Nov 24, 2019 Waldorf West Library (Waldorf, MD) Nov 2, 2019 Eubie Blake Cultural Center (Baltimore, MD) August 17, 2019 African American Civil War Museum (Wash, DC) May 26, 2019 Enoch Pratt Free Library (Waverly Branch/MD) January 19, 2019 Wilderness Road Regional Museum (Dublin, VA) October 25, 2018 Enoch Pratt Free Library (Edmondson/MD) September 15, 2018 Enoch Pratt Free Library (Central Branch/MD) April 26, 2018 Virginia Tech University: Civil War Studies (Blacksburg, VA) October 20, 2018 Emma's Bookstore August 20, 2017
Thank you for your continued support and interest in More Than A Fraction's mission, vision, and projects. As we move forward and continue to build and expand in this area, our "works in progress" and projects are still seeking funding support. For more information, please CLICK HERE