African American History

Rose Hill CemeteryInstallation of the first stage of an African American History Trail is underway.  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
  • Answering the Call to Service - installed at the historic Courthouse, in partnership with Prince William County
  • Historic Rose Hill Cemetery – installed at Rose Hill Cemetery
  • The Brown School – not yet installed
Find out more 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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