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IV. Life Stories  

Fairfax County Oral Histories of African American Residents   

William A. West   

Mae Hall, a McLean resident, describes living in Odrick’s Corner for seventy years. Oral history of McLean, Virginia   Publisher McLean Historical Society and the Friends of the McLean Community Center   

John Jackson   John Jackson was born in Woodville, Virginia and moved to Fairfax County and became a grave digger. In the 1960s, his talent as a guitar player and Blues performer was discovered. He performed in Fairfax County and became famous locally, nationally, and internationally.  

Mary Goins Roots: A Guide to the Mary Goins Roots Collection, 1915-2017  

“John Sidney (Sid) Holland Sr. Doing What He Felt Best For His Community” by Dorothy Mann pp 201-204. Fairfax County Stories 1607-2007- Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Jamestown Settlement  

“The Family History of John Bell and Clarence Raymond Summers, Sr   

We’re Still Here, John Miles/Mills His life and Family in Fairfax County  

Quander Family History  

West Ford:  The Father of Gum Springs  

William “Billy” Lee   

William Lee -Valley Forge National Historical Park  

 “The Gravel and Grit of Olander and Margaret Banks”  

Gentleman Jim Robinson, by Mary Robinson Ewell, page 71.  Fairfax County Stories 1607-2007 Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Jamestown Settlement      

The following summaries of Oral History interviews are included in two Books: 100 Recollections of McLean and Great Falls, Virginia and Additional Recollections of McLean and Great Falls, Virginia, written by Carole Herrick. The citations are labeled either 100 or Additional. The description of each person’s biographical interview will include major topics mentioned in the interview.   

The following McLean residents are included in Legendary Locals of McLean by Carole Herrick. Each person’s contribution to the McLean Community is described and a photo is included.  

Northern Virginia Civil Rights Archive   

Interviews of Fairfax County residents were collected by Marion Dobbins to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The interviewees described their personal involvement with the Civil Rights Movement.  Each interview is approximately 12 minutes long.   

Edwin Bancroft Henderson II, the grandson of Dr. E.B. Henderson, is the founder and Executive Director the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation.  

Miss Nellie was a teacher and principal for thirty-two years for FCPS at the two room “Colored School.” In 1936, she created a study comparing county white schools to black schools. The study revealed that ninety percent of the county’s school budget went to white schools. After the study was made public, supporters began to demand improvements for black schools.  

Transcripts of interviews of Dr. Edwin Henderson and Mary Ellen Henderson are available at the Virginia Room, City of Fairfax Regional Library   

William McKinley Carter lived in Vienna and was a member of the NAACP, the Elks, and the Free and Accepted Masons.  He was President of the Citizen Progressive Association of Vienna. He was one of the leaders of the Friends of the Vienna Library who worked to obtain library access for blacks.  

Clifton Living magazines: articles about Clifton residents written by Lynne Garvey Hodge   

West Springfield High School Applied History Class Oral History Interviews  

Virginia Slave Narratives

Gladys Quander Tancil 1921-2002

 Andrew B. “Andy Smith”  A Legacy in a Gesture  

Carter Family of Vienna  Family’s History in Vienna Spans 160 years

A Union Spy of Color?