Black History Month

Take some time to learn more about our region's rich African American history during Black History Month with in-person and virtual talks, videos, and a self-guided field trip.

Walking Tour / February 20/ 2 PM

In October 2020, the City dedicated a memorial to Ms. Jane “Jennie” Serepta Dean. Join us for a guided walking tour of the Manassas Industrial School site and discover the lasting impact Ms. Dean had on African American youth in Manassas.

  • Tickets are $5 and reservations are required: Reserve your spot.
  • Tours are outdoors—wear your walking shoes and dress warmly!
  • Help us stay safe by wearing a mask and distancing from those not in your household.
Virtual Stories of Preservation & Progress
February 24 / 3 PM
Ken Moorman, Author, Entrepreneur, and owner of Jirani’s coffee house will discuss his book “On the Other Side of My Dreams.” Tune in at

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! In honor of Black History Month, the Manassas Museum and the new 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 for curbside pickup at the MCPL, or at the Manassas Museum after Wednesday, February 3rd, or you can download it here.

Virtual Front Porch Talk with the founder of the Slave Dwelling Project  
Empowering Descendant Voices 
Mr. Joe McGill, Founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, discussed the movement that is inspiring people across the country to confront the history of American slavery and its legacy. Since 2010, members of the Slave Dwelling Project have conducted sleepovers and educational programs at historic sites in 25 states and the District of Columbia. 

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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