On Saturday, October 2, NCS held an unveiling ceremony to reveal Fairfax County's new historical marker commemorating the James Lee Elementary School, now the site of the James Lee Community Center, in Falls Church. The program included remarks by Gerry Connolly of the U.S. House of Representatives, Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik, Fairfax County Chief Equity Officer Karla Bruce, and community members. Several descendants of the Lee family participated in the unveiling of the marker.
Watch the "16 Around Fairfax" segment on the event below:
The James Lee Elementary School was built on land purchased in 1866 by African American James Edward Lee (1839-1919), who was born free. In 1945, James Lee’s son sold a portion of the original property to the Fairfax County School Board to build a school for black children. The James Lee Elementary School closed in 1966 when Fairfax County integrated its schools. The original building is now part of the James Lee Community Center.