African American History
Discover the rich African American history in Prince William and Manassas through a tour of unique sites that help tell the stories from our past.
Day one: Explore Lucasville - the only restored, interpreted African American schoolhouse in Northern Virginia. This one-room school was built solely for African American children in 1885. The interactive site allows visitors to write on chalkboards and read the books used more than 100 years ago.
Connect with the ghost of a former slave held at the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre jail. Thirteen executions were recorded at the jail in the mid-1800’s, 12 of which were African Americans. One runaway slave was killed after he allegedly tried to burn his way out of the jail. Evidence of a fire is still visible in the beams of the building.
Day two: Walk through the five-acre Industrial School & Jennie Dean Memorial Park dedicated to the Manassas Industrial School for Colored Youth. Founded by former slave Jennie Dean, the school was one of the few sources of higher education in Northern Virginia for African Americans.
Step inside one of the few remaining public, furnished slave quarters in Northern Virginia at Ben Lomond Historic Site. Sit on a reproduction slave’s bed and learn about slave life. Also visit the plantation’s home, which served as a Civil War Hospital. Graffiti from soldiers is still visible in the house.