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Historical marker commemorates Rosenwald School legacy

More than a hundred local residents gathered Saturday morning at Eva Walker Park in Warrenton to celebrate the installation of a new historical marker commemorating Fauquier County’s eight Rosenwald Schools. The schools, two- to five-room buildings with no heat or running water, provided education for black students before integration. The Afro-American Historical Association in The Plains coordinated the placing of the marker and hosted the Aug. 3 program. The AAHA is led by co-founders Karen Hughes White and Karen King Lavore.

August 5, 2019

Rosenwald Schools marker a permanent reminder

Under a picture-perfect Saturday morning sky, about 100 people gathered at Warrenton’s Eva Walker Park to help dedicate a marker commemorating the county’s eight blacks-only Rosenwald Schools.
“Thank you for being a part of this momentous occasion,” Karen White Hughes, president of the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier, told the audience at the 10 a.m. ceremony.

August 5, 2019

Rosenwald Schools marker dedication Saturday, Aug. 3

A historical marker commemorating Fauquier’s eight blacks-only Rosenwald Schools will be dedicated Saturday at Eva Walker Park in Warrenton.
Hosted by the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County, the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at the Warrenton’s First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center.
The Aug. 3 dedication will include remarks by keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Blakey, an anthropology professor at the College of William and Mary.

July 30, 2019

Historical marker will be dedicated to Fauquier County’s Rosenwald Schools

The former students, educators, families and communities of the Rosenwald Schools of Fauquier County will gather for the unveiling of an historical marker commemorating the eight “colored schools” at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 at Eva Walker Park in Warrenton. The Afro-American Historical Association in The Plains is hosting the program.

July 15, 2019

Project asks residents to ‘Listen: The Community Speaks’

“Listen: The Community Speaks,” an oral history project conducted by the Afro-American Historical Association, started with a roundtable discussion in April 2018 at Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Morgantown. Twenty participants with Fauquier County roots gathered to compare notes on their impressions of the Free State area near Marshall when they were growing up. Angela Hughes Davidson, community relations coordinator at AAHA and a moderator of the discussion, said it “was unbelievable because it ended up being a therapeutic session. People started talking about things that happened to them as a result of the integration process.”

May 30, 2019

Understanding our County’s African American Legacy

The significant roles that African Americans played in the history of Fauquier County come alive within the walls of the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County’s museum in The Plains. Located just off Main Street, on Loudoun Avenue right before the railroad tracks, the museum opened in 1997. 

April 1, 2019

Podcast explores black experience with Fauquier County roots

National Public Radio's WAMU is promoting five new podcasts produced by broadcast novices. One of these is “Perpetual Blackness,” which tells the story of how one world traveler discovered “home” in Fauquier County. 

March 1, 2019

Celebrating Black History Month at Warrenton Town Hall

Warrenton Town Hall is displaying art and educational information in the entryway and Council chambers to commemorate Black History Month. The paintings represent artist Jerry Jones’ memories of the Madison town community. The exhibit is courtesy of the Afro-American Historical Association in The Plains. Karen White, executive director of the AAHA, says it “offers scenes of slavery, resistance and freedom, showing black residents of Fauquier seeking equality for their families while building the community.”

Feb. 23, 2019

Rosenwald students remember Fauquier’s all-black schools

There was no central heating in Fauquier County’s all-black schools. Most were one-room schoolhouses without indoor plumbing. 

On Saturday, Linda Reed Jolley, of Crest Hill, shared these and other early childhood memories at a screening of the film "Rosenwald" at the Afro-American Historical Association in The Plains. The movie tells the story of Sears & Roebuck co-owner Julius Rosenwald, a philanthropist who helped build more than 5,300 schools for black children across the South.

February 8, 2019

Rosenwald film screenings run through February

TheAfro-American Historical Association of Fauquier Countywill host screenings of the film Rosenwald several times during Black History Month. The first showing will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the association headquarters at4243 Loudoun Ave.in The Plains. The film has been made available through The National Center for Jewish Film.

January 30, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. remembered at Fauquier events

For the 30th consecutive year, Mt. Zion Baptist Church hosted a rousing celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event was held Monday afternoon at Highland School’s Rice Theater.

January 22, 2019

FAUQUIER FAMILY HISTORY SYMPOSIUM SET FOR SATURDAY

In line with the premise that “Every life has a story that needs to be told,”the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County, the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation and the Warrenton Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) are hosting a special event focused on discovering and sharing family histories. 

Oct. 26, 2018

Marker to commemorate county’s Rosenwald Schools

The Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County president didn’t know what to make of the out-of-the-blue gesture. Without warning, the Florida-based Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation three months ago offered to pay for a historical marker to acknowledge Fauquier’s eight, blacks-only Rosenwald Schools, constructed in the 1920s and 1930s, Karen Hughes White recalled.

June 14, 2018

AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM MARKS ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

The Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County Museum and Research Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a year-long series of events, starting Saturday Jan. 14.

Jan. 10, 2017


MT. ZION ORGANIZES 27TH ANNUAL MLK CELEBRATION

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 at the
Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County, The Plains.

Jan. 11, 2016