Park Authority

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
703-324-8700 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Jai Cole
Executive Director

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Celebrate Black History Month with the Fairfax County Park Authority

Black History MonthEmbark on a journey of cultural richness and historical significance this Black History Month with several programs in Fairfax County parks. Join us in honoring and exploring the vibrant tapestry of Black heritage though interactive events, programs, exhibits and offerings for all ages.

Programs and Events

  • Black History Month at Historic Frying Pan Church, Frying Pan Farm Park, Feb. 3 and Feb. 17, noon-2 p.m., Free.
  • Paths of Freedom Seekers, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Feb. 11, 1-2 p.m., $8.
  • Preserving Our Legacy: A Workshop for Black Cemetery Owners and Stakeholders, Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center Auditorium Feb. 17, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Free.
  • Remembering Metilda- An Enslaved Child at the Mill, Colvin Run Mill, Feb. 17, 1-2 p.m., $9.
  • Enslaved Lives and the Legacy of Slavery, Historic Huntley, Feb. 17, 1-2 p.m., $12.

Workshops, Exhibits and Activities

  • Getaway-Frederick Douglass Home & Portrait Gallery, Green Spring Gardens Park, Feb. 20, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $89.
  • Special Black History Month Exhibit: "On One Farm—The Women of Walney, 1853-1862," Exhibit is on display through Mar. 26. Ellanor C Lawrence Park, Free.
  • Celebrate Black Athletes in Sports and Recreation, Oakmont Rec Center, display available through Feb. 29.
  • Black History Month at Oakmont Rec Center.
    • Take a picture with the LOVE Sign at Oakmont that features Black History Month colors.
    • Explore achievements of Black Inventors throughout the years in the Oakmont Minigolf Story Walk.
  • Honor Black Musical Artists.
    • All Rec Centers Drop-In Fitness Classes will be showcasing songs by Black artists during many of the classes.
    • South Run Rec Center will offer music that celebrates Black culture and artists during Anne Hugill’s Zumba class at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10.
  • Black Athletes in Fairfax County.
    • Providence Rec Center will be showcasing a different athlete from Fairfax County each week. The rec center will display a banner that tells the story of Edwin B. Henderson, who introduced D.C. to basketball in 1907.

To learn more about Black History and culture in Fairfax County Parks or to participate in any of the programs above, visit the Black History Month webpage.

View the Black History Month flyer

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