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The goal of this project is to capture, communicate, and preserve the African American experience throughout Fairfax County’s history. An inventory of African American residents’ contributions, churches, homes, schools, communities, events, etc. has been collected to document the African American culture and history of the county. The collection of general resources and research topics has been prepared for all ages, residents, students and historians in order to increase interest and knowledge about Fairfax County’s diverse population. The list is not all-inclusive, and some resources may contain outdated or inaccurate information. The list is a living document; additional inventory items may be added in the future.

This project is a collaborative effort between the Fairfax County History Commission and the Center for Mason Legacies (CML), and led by Alpha Team 4 of the Fall/Spring 2021-22 GMU IT Capstone project. In October 2020, the Fairfax County History Commission approved the creation of the African American Historical Inventory and the Inventory Committee was formed in January of 2021, led by Commissioner's Phyllis Walker-Ford and Mary Lipsey. In November of 2021, representatives from the Center for Mason Legacies agreed to host the project as part of a joint effort between the History Commission and CML. This project was launched using GMU's servers and their powerful Omeka platform for website creation.

This website was created and launched by the following members of Alpha Team 4 Fall/Spring 2021-22 GMU IT Capstone project:

Akbar Suri | Team Leader | Database Programmer: Recent graduate of the Information Technology major at George Mason University concentrating on Database Technology and Programming. Recently accepted an offer to begin at KPMG as a Data Engineer Advisory Associate post-graduation, and currently work as a Senior Event Support Specialist with George Mason’s Science and Technology Campus. Relevant background experience includes time as an IT intern at a local doctor’s practice, as well as time as both an Operations Agent and Advanced Repair Agent with Geek Squad/Best Buy. In my current role, I work directly with clients of George Mason to help execute their events seamlessly on campus, providing them with IT and AV support. As an intern, I led projects to modernize the practice, digitizing records, launching a website, and implementing other technology tools to help serve business needs.

Brian Do | Web Development + Database Integration: Recent graduate of the Information Technology major at George Mason University concentrating in Cyber Security and Web Development. Interned at Share Our Strength as an IT Technology Implementation Intern. Created an IT New Hire Orientation video and combined HR Forms into one form as well as digitizing the forms online. Used Asana with the IT team to view Project Management and shadowed the Chief Information Officer, Rich Kostro. Goal after graduation is to find an entry level job at a company that I enjoy working at and career goal is to be a Chief Information Officer like Rich from my internship.

Steve Cheuko | Cybersecurity Analyst: Recent graduate of the Information Technology major at George Mason University concentrating in Cyber Security. Interned at the office of the Deputy mayor in Washington DC. During my internship, I completed integral data collection through extensive research ahead of the creation of an internal proposal to the city to increase department funds by $250,000. Also, I Conducted a massive transfer of over 3,000 physical city records to an online database to modernize the department’s documentation abilities. Finally, working on my senior year capstone project which involves creating a database that will highlight African American accomplishments in Fairfax county. On-campus, I am the event creator for the African Student Association and part of NSBE. In my leisure time, I like to read, play soccer, or stream TV shows.

Fernando Galarza | Database Programmer: Recent graduate of the Information Technology major at George Mason University concentrating in Database Technology and Programming. Skills include SQL, PL/SQL, T-SQL, PHP, Python, and HTML. Related experiences include migrating one database to another using PL/SQL, and T-SQL scripting, and creating a functional website through PHP and HTML.

Roman Patrick | Cybersecurity Analyst: Recent graduate of the Information Technology major at George Mason University concentrating in Information Security. As of November 2022, he is working as a Technology Consultant at EY. Previously held internships at Protiviti as a Technology Consulting Intern and at K12 Inc. as an Enrollment Services Intern. On campus, he served as the Vice President of the Pi Kappa Phi Zeta Epsilon chapter, an upper-division Resident Assistant, and part of the support staff for MasonLIFE, a GMU program intended to help students with disabilities.

Samuel Pitch | Cybersecurity Analyst: Recent graduate of the Information Technology major at George Mason University concentrating in Cyber Security. My skills include Linux, AWS Solution Architect, CN/CI, MySQL, Amazon RDS. I work as a security guard in one of the largest data centers in Manassas. I spend most of my time at work, school and taking care of my children.