Fairfax County, Virginia

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Historical Marker Project

The Historical Marker Project started in 2022 with an initial focus on the Black/African American experience. The project’s purpose is to reveal narratives and oral histories of Fairfax County’s African American communities, whose rich history, culture, and accomplishments are underrepresented in our history books.

Students from K-12 (public, private, homeschooled etc.), classrooms and youth groups submitted suggested topics for new Historical Markers throughout Fairfax County. A committee of community members are currently reviewing submissions. The markers commemorate an event, person or location of historical significance within the county.

Here are some examples of markers throughout Fairfax County.

History Marker Types



Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS developed the Untold Stories of Fairfax County Black / African American History Project Based Learning experience

History Commission

The Fairfax County History Commission created a resource inventory to aide in researching the histories of African American communities in the county. There is also a Historical Marker Story Map available to view current Historical Markers in the county.

Fairfax County Library

The Virginia Room research guide includes books, school yearbooks, oral histories, manuscript collections, photographs, and subject files on local Black/African American history.

Gum Springs Museum

The Gum Springs Museum website offers online exhibits about this community, founded by West Ford, a freed slave.

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