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XII. Breaking Down Barriers in Fairfax County

The Washington Bee was one of the most influential African American newspapers in the United States.  During its years of operation 1884- 1922, articles focused on the activities of African Americans and the society page had information about local church events. Civil Rights was a main issue. Articles described the struggles of African Americans both locally and nationally.  One may browse issues of the newspaper at the Library of Congress Chronicling America at 

Preston Blackwell

Annie E. Harper and three other residents from Fairfax sued the Virginia State Board of Elections contending that the poll tax was unconstitutional.  In order for Annie Harper to register and vote, she had to pay the poll tax and a late fee. The court case was heard by the US Supreme Court.

Private Harry W. Hatcher

Dr. E. B Henderson  Grandfather of Black Basketball

Mary Ellen (Nellie) Henderson

John Jackson Guitarist and Grave Digger

Frederick A. Washington

William A. West

Marguerite and James Mott were instrumental in the integration of Fairfax County recreation facilities and the quest for equality in Northern Virginia.

James Goins  (Godfather of Zion Drive)

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall