Zeta Brown Nichols grew up in Keswick, just east of Charlottesville. She shared memories of life in the area in the 1940s and 50s. Like many others in the Hern family, she became a teacher, initially in a one-room schoolhouse in western Albemarle County and later at Albemarle Training School. She learned of her connection to Monticello from her aunt Martha Hearns Boston, also a teacher.
12 July 2000, Charlottesville, VA Interviewees: Zeta Brown Nichols, Cynthia Stratton Also present: Ella Hoffman
"I didn't hear a lot"
Zeta Brown Nichols recalls being unaware that her ancestor, Lewis Hern, helped to found her church, Union Run Baptist.