African Americans of Fauquier County

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Fauquier County, in Northern Virginia, was established in 1759. It was formed from Prince William County and was named for Virginia lieutenant governor Francis Fauquier. In 1790, there were 6,642 slaves in Fauquier County. By the eve of the Civil War, there were 10,455. From 1817 to 1865, the county was home to 845 free black people. The African American population declined at the end of Reconstruction, and by 1910, the white population was double that of blacks. The population imbalance continues today. Through centuries of slavery and segregation, Fauquier County's African American population survived, excelled, and prospered. This minority community established and supported numerous churches, schools, and businesses, as well as literary, political, and fraternal organizations that enhanced the quality of life for the entire county.
ISBN: 9780738567570
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 204
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The authors, Donna Tyler Hollie, Ph.D., Brett M. Tyler, and Karen Hughes White, with deep roots in Fauquier County, have amassed an enormous collection of historical documents, artifacts, genealogies, and oral histories through the generosity of county residents. This collection is housed and displayed at the Afro-American Historical Association in The Plains. Images of America: African Americans of Fauquier County fulfills the authors' desire to share with a larger audience the legacy of the ancestors who prepared the way for them.
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