In addition to its genealogical work, the AAHA helps document the Underground Railroad in the county, creates overlay maps of historical sites such as African-American churches, cemeteries, baptism sites and schools, researches predominately black communities in the county and more.


Our Mission

  • To educate all, in the African-American experience, while striving to create unity and build self-esteem, through programs, classes, workshops, and field trips.

  • To create a network for people with similar interests by making records available to those interested in local history and tracing their family roots.

  • To pursue grants and other income that will enable the Association to enlarge and maintain its collection safely. This shall include, but not be limited to, grants for the use of modern technology, including computers, CD ROMs, and print media, to pursue historical and genealogical research, document and photographic preservation, and historic preservation.

  • To work closely with area Historical and Genealogical Societies and area Libraries and record repositories.

Our Purpose

  • To foster the historical and genealogical heritage of Afro-Americans in Fauquier County, Virginia, by research, restoration and preservation.

  • To make known places, structures, scenic views, events, family ancestry and other information as it pertains to the historic and cultural value to Fauquier County, Virginia.

  • To catalogue, index, and display in a professional manner the historical collection and holdings of the Afro-American Historical Association.


  • To promote and publish scholarly research.

  • To maintain a research facility to house artifacts, books, and memorabilia pertaining to African American life.

  • To preserve and restore historic landmarks relative to African American culture in Fauquier County and The Commonwealth of Virginia.

“We can’t undo the past. But we can create a timeline of events and people’s struggles. It’s all part of who we are.”
— Karen White, co-founder AAHA

What We've Achieved

  • Created a repository of primary-source catalog of primary-source documents, and a searchable database that is available online. The information collected covers the history of Fauquier County — people, places and things.

  • Developed a non-circulating reference library.

  • Created and maintained a museum with thousands of artifacts. The exhibits represent a static timeline of Fauquier County history, from the early years of American slavery in Jamestown, Virginia, to 2009, the inauguration of the country’s first black president.

  • Worked with partners to present performances and films relevant to African American history.

  • Provided a venue for other organizations’ educational and historical programs.

  • Produced several publications — “Black Laws of Virginia,” “Free Negro Register of Fauquier County, 1817 to 1865,” “Images of America: African Americans of Fauquier County.”

  • Through several projects, collected oral histories of African American residents and made digital files and transcripts available for anyone to view or listen to.

  • As a research facility the AAHA provides resources for individuals and organizations to find their beginnings.

  • Celebrated 25-year anniversary in 2017.