A Co-Sponsored Program

The Historical Society of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax co-sponsored a book-author program at Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center on Feb. 24.

The story of Black Fairfax has long been untold. The free Black population of Fairfax Court House dates to at least the 1820s. After the Civil War, newly freed Black citizens expanded the hamlet of Jermantown dramatically. Additional segregated neighborhoods, including School Street, which overlapped today’s George Mason University, and Ilda, off Guinea Road, grew and thrived. In the second half of the nineteenth century residents built schools, churches, and a cemetery. These families persevered under Jim Crow in the early twentieth century. After incorporation, the City of Fairfax annexed these historically Black localities, and their separate character began to disappear. This group of authors with deep roots in Fairfax tells the stories of their communities.

From left are Susan Gray, city historic resources director; Jenee Lindner, one of the authors of Black Communities of Fairfax: A History; Sue Kovach Shuman, president of the historical society; and Andrea Lowenwarter, city historic resources specialist.

The book is available at The History Press: https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/products/9781467155496/?queryID=77f3aa7017ac0e81a56af406c6707491&objectID=9781467155496&insightsIndex=arcadia-publishing_products

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