African American History

Rose Hill CemeteryVisit the African American History Trail 
Museum staff has worked closely with representatives from the African American community to decide what stories most needed to be told and where markers should be located.  Markers include:

  • The historic First Baptist Church and African American Entrepreneurs  – installed at First Baptist Church, 9258 Center St.
  • Answering the Call to Service - installed at the historic Courthouse, in partnership with Prince William County, 9250 Lee Ave.
  • Historic Rose Hill Cemetery – installed at Rose Hill Cemetery, at the end of Foster Drive off of Wellington Road
  • The Brown School, 9508 Liberty Street
  • The Enslaved of Liberia, 8601 Portner Ave.
  • The Right to Vote – installed at historic Town Hall, 9025 Center Street
  • A New Brown School - installed at the entrance to the Jefferson Square development on Prince William St.  
Download the African American Trail Guide

Read about the African American interpretive trail.

Self-Guided Field Trip
Take your family on a screen-free field trip and explore three different important historic sites in Manassas that showcase the important contributions of African American residents of the city! The Manassas Museum and the Manassas City Public Library have partnered to create a guide that includes family friendly activities and conversation starters as well as a hands-on art activity to complete together!

The guide is FREE and available at the MCPL, or at the Manassas Museum or you can download it here.

Watch the Zoom conversation with Joe McGill and Linneall Naylor, descendant of an enslaved family at Liberia House, and the Front Porch Conversation.

Learn more about Jennie Dean and the Manassas Industrial School, Liberty Street, and the First Baptist Church: 

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