Laurel Grove School Museum

Laurel Grove School Museum Laurel Grove School Museum one of the earliest African-American schools founded by local Freedmen, and former slaves in Fairfax County Virginia. Sign up for Letter to a Role Model using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4CAFA923A7FC1-letter
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Return to a time and place when freedom and former slaves who desired to educate their children, literally created the school themselves. Freed slaves built this one room schoolhouse in the early 1880's. It served the black children of Franconia until 1932 as the Laurel Grove Colored School. The school survives as the only remaining African American schoolhouse in Northern Virginia. It now stands as a living museum, restored to reclaim its heritage and bring to life its history. Visit to experience a day in the life of a Laurel Grove student, circa 1920.

Mission: The following statement guides the Laurel Grove School Association for both its day-to-day mission and its vision of the future for the Laurel Grove School: The Association is committed to restoring, preserving, and maintaining the Laurel Grove School as an important historical site and museum in Northern Virginia and as an enduring national educational resource for understanding the post-slavery black experience embodied in the heritage of the school.

Hope everyone continues to have an amazing Thanksgiving weekend🍁🍁🍁Stay tuned today for an upcoming event in the next two...
11/30/2019

Hope everyone continues to have an amazing Thanksgiving weekend🍁🍁🍁Stay tuned today for an upcoming event in the next two weeks!
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The Laurel Grove School Museum Staff would like to give a big thank you to those that came to The Laurel Grove School Mu...
11/23/2019

The Laurel Grove School Museum Staff would like to give a big thank you to those that came to The Laurel Grove School Museum Fall Open House last Saturday! We met so many amazing people and truly appreciate the many donations given to the museum! Here are a few snippets into what turned out to be an amazing event!
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11/16/2019
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10/19/2019

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The City of Alexandria invites the public to attend the first of several community meetings on the Equal Justice Initiat...
09/14/2019

The City of Alexandria invites the public to attend the first of several community meetings on the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project, associated activities to memorialize the victims of two lynchings that occurred in Alexandria, and the retrieval of Alexandria’s lynching pillar from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

Come support a project that brings community members closer to the legacy of lynching and helps to make our history of racial injustice more visible across America.
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The Laurel Grove School Museum Staff hopes all students and teachers are having a great start to the 2019-2020 school ye...
09/07/2019

The Laurel Grove School Museum Staff hopes all students and teachers are having a great start to the 2019-2020 school year.

STUDENTS and TEACHERS, use the history of the Laurel Grove School to motivate you during your tough days. Think of the men and women that worked hard to give their children an educational opportunity that was not provided to them, think of Marguerite Giles Williams who walked five miles to get to the Laurel Grove School every day, and think of our founder ,William Jasper , and his ability to accomplish so much during a time when all odds were against him.

STUDENTS and TEACHERS, keep striving to do your best because you have the power to make the future a lot brighter.

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What a blast we had yesterday at the Laurel Grove School Museum Personalized Wooden Pencil Box Workshop! Thank you all f...
08/11/2019

What a blast we had yesterday at the Laurel Grove School Museum Personalized Wooden Pencil Box Workshop! Thank you all for coming and we hope to see you again soon! Stay tuned for more upcoming events!
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The Laurel Grove School Museum’s Personalized Wooden Pencil Box Workshop is coming up! We hope to see you all there on S...
08/03/2019

The Laurel Grove School Museum’s Personalized Wooden Pencil Box Workshop is coming up! We hope to see you all there on Saturday August 10, 2019 from either 10:00 am to 11:30 am, or 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Please SIGN UP using the link located within the museum’s Facebook event page.

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Independence Day History:On June 11, 1776, the Colonies' Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formed a co...
07/05/2019

Independence Day History:
On June 11, 1776, the Colonies' Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formed a committee to draft a document that would sever ties with Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. Thomas Jefferson crafted the original draft document , and a total of 86 changes were made to it. The Continental Congress officially adopted the final version on July 4, 1776.
On July 8, 1776, the first public readings of the Declaration were held in Philadelphia's Independence Square , and on July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked the Independence Day celebration by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells, and fireworks. Eventually the celebration spread to other towns, where the day was marked with processions, oratory, picnics, contests, games, military displays and fireworks.
Independence Day was confirmed a holiday by Congress in 1870, and was reaffirmed as a paid holiday for federal employees by Congress in 1938.
For more information:
“History of Independence Day.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/history/history-independence-day/. #laurelgroveschool #independenceday #fourthofjuly #independence#1776 #july4th #1870 #1938 #history #americanhistory #virginiaisformuseumlovers #virginiaisforlovers

The Laurel Grove School Museum Staff hopes everyone had an amazing Father's Day. Thank you fathers for all that you do, ...
06/17/2019

The Laurel Grove School Museum Staff hopes everyone had an amazing Father's Day. Thank you fathers for all that you do, and teaching your children to be the best human beings they can be! We would also like to say thank you to father figures present in the lives of children that do not have a father to look up to!
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4 more days of school for Fairfax County Public Schools! You can do it! Also keep learning and growing as much as you ca...
06/08/2019

4 more days of school for Fairfax County Public Schools! You can do it! Also keep learning and growing as much as you can during these last days of school📚📝
#laurelgroveschool #4moredays #endofschoolyear #fcps #fairfaxcountypublicschools #teachers #students #alexandriavirginia #franconiavirginia #fairfaxcounty #virginiaisforlovers #📚 #📝

As the school year comes to an end, The Laurel Grove School Museum would like to thank teachers for being CHAMPIONS with...
06/01/2019

As the school year comes to an end, The Laurel Grove School Museum would like to thank teachers for being CHAMPIONS within children's lives around the world.
Rita F. Pierson Quote:“Rita Pierson's Funny and Inspiring TED Talk.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, www.pbs.org/wnet/ted-talks-education/speaker/rita-pierson/. #laurelgroveschool #schoolyearending #school #teaching #teachers #thankyou #teachersarechampions #champions #heroes #rolemodels #lifechangers #ritafpierson #fairfaxcounty #fairfaxcountypublicschools #franconiavirginia #alexandriavirginia #virginiaisforlovers #virginiaisformuseumlovers

TIME FOR THE SOLS!The Laurel Grove School Museum would like to wish all students and teachers good luck during the SOLs....
05/20/2019

TIME FOR THE SOLS!
The Laurel Grove School Museum would like to wish all students and teachers good luck during the SOLs.
Students, always believe in yourselves and go into the test with confidence.
Teachers, believe in your teaching skills and that your children will take what they learned this year into the SOL test.
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The Laurel Grove School Museum is pleased to announce that the Laurel Grove School Museum Director, Phyllis Walker Ford,...
05/18/2019

The Laurel Grove School Museum is pleased to announce that the Laurel Grove School Museum Director, Phyllis Walker Ford, was named the 2019 Lee District Lady Fairfax this week! We are so proud of you for all that you have accomplished within the Franconia community. We would also like to say thank you to Mrs. Pamela Anderson for accepting the award on our director's behalf, and doing so much for our organization.
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I’m proud to introduce to you the 2019 Lee District Lord and Lady Fairfax: Mr. Joe Blackwell and Mrs. Phyllis Walker Ford. Joe was a long-time Fairfax County Government employee, a veteran of the U.S.Army, he was appointed to the Board of Equalization of Real Estate Assessments, and served as its Chairman for for the last 13 years. Phyllis has strong ties to the Franconia area, with of her family and roots dating back hundreds of years. Phyllis served as the President of the Franconia Museum Board of Directors, and still currently serves on the Board. Additionally, she serves as the President of the Laurel Grove School Association. Unfortunately, Phyllis was unable to attend the ceremony tonight, but her fellow board member and coworker, Ms. Pamela Anderson was able to accept the award on her behalf. Congratulations to you both and thank you for all you do.

05/14/2019

The Laurel Grove School Museum will be closed today, May 14, 2019.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. Thank you for being our teachers and supporters through all walks of life.#laurelgrov...
05/12/2019

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. Thank you for being our teachers and supporters through all walks of life.

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05/01/2019
Laurel Grove School Museum - Virginia Is For Lovers

The Laurel Grove School Museum is officially on the Virginia is For Lovers website! Take a look below! #virginiaisforlovers #virginiaisforlearners #virginiaisforhistorylovers

The Laurel Grove School Museum is a museum that shares the history of the Laurel Grove Colored School, a school created to educate the first generation of black children born to freedom. The Laurel Grove School was founded in 1881 by William and Georgiana Jasper, who deeded a half acre of their 13-a...

04/23/2019

Laurel Grove School Museum is CLOSED today, 4/23/2019!

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04/20/2019

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The second From Slavery to Freedom Bus Tour will be held on Saturday April 27,2019 . The cost is $40.00 and includes lun...
04/13/2019

The second From Slavery to Freedom Bus Tour will be held on Saturday April 27,2019 .

The cost is $40.00 and includes lunch.

Enjoy a curator-led tour of Mount Vernon’s exhibition Lives Bound Together and visit Mount Vernon’s slave cemetery with site Archaeologists. Enjoy a lunch lecture and visit Alexandria’s Freedom House and Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial with Alexandria’s City Archaeologist and the Director of the Black History Museum.
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Yesterday at the Laurel Grove School Museum, Author Carla Killough McClafferty discussed her new book for young readers,...
04/08/2019

Yesterday at the Laurel Grove School Museum, Author Carla Killough McClafferty discussed her new book for young readers, Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon.
Thank you Carla Killough McClafferty for explaining the journey you had to take in order to complete this informative and enriching book about many of the men and women enslaved on George Washington's Mount Vernon.
The Laurel Grove School Museum Staff would also like to say thank you to everyone that attended the event!
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Carla Killough McClafferty Book Signing and Discussion takes place tomorrow!#laurelgroveschool #booksigning #bookdiscuss...
04/06/2019

Carla Killough McClafferty Book Signing and Discussion takes place tomorrow!
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Let us continue to encourage our children to read in order to increase their knowledge about themselves and the world.#l...
04/02/2019

Let us continue to encourage our children to read in order to increase their knowledge about themselves and the world.
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Laurel Grove School Museum
03/29/2019

Laurel Grove School Museum

This past weekend, the Laurel Grove School Museum staff attended the Virginia Association of Museums Conference held in ...
03/29/2019

This past weekend, the Laurel Grove School Museum staff attended the Virginia Association of Museums Conference held in Lynchburg, VA. On one of the conference days, we went on the “Ride for Freedom: African-American History Tour of Lynchburg” and visited the Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum, the Legacy Museum of African American History, and the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum.

While at the Old City Cemetery, an African American educator who was teaching during the time that the Laurel Grove School was open caught my eye. Amelia Elizabeth Perry Pride graduated from Hampton Institute in 1879. She then became one of the first black teachers in Lynchburg schools from 1880 to 1911 and was principal of Polk Street Elementary School from 1890 to 1911. Pride also accomplished founding the Dorchester Home for the Elderly Black Women in 1897.

How exciting it was to learn about another African American educator from Virginia within the late 1800s and early 1900s that was accomplishing so much within her community.
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The Virginia Run Elementary School 4th graders sent thank you letters to the Laurel Grove School Museum this week. These...
03/23/2019

The Virginia Run Elementary School 4th graders sent thank you letters to the Laurel Grove School Museum this week. These letters truly touched our hearts, and we hope to see you all again soon! Thank you Virginia Run Elementary School!
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Below is a quote from Author Carla Killough McClafferty who will be joining us at the Laurel Grove School Museum on Apri...
03/21/2019

Below is a quote from Author Carla Killough McClafferty who will be joining us at the Laurel Grove School Museum on April 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm for a book signing and discussion. Do not forget to sign up by clicking the link on our Instagram bio or under the event ticket section on or page @laurelgroveschoolmuseum. See you there!
Quote from Teaching Authors Blog post:McClafferty, Carla Killough. “Book Giveaway and Release of My Book, Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon.” Teaching Authors, Teaching Authors, www.teachingauthors.com/2018/12/book-giveaway-and-release-of-my-book.html.
Picture taken from:
McClafferty, Carla Killough. Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon. Holiday House, 2018.
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In celebration of Women’s History Month, let’s acknowledge accomplished African American women that lived during the tim...
03/19/2019

In celebration of Women’s History Month, let’s acknowledge accomplished African American women that lived during the time of our founder William Jasper and the Laurel Grove School. These women did not allow the trials that surrounded them keep them from accomplishing their goals and striving for greatness. Click on the images in order to see all of the historical information about each historical figure.

All information from: Harrison, Vashti. "Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. " Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2017.
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Today’s post is to help Laurel Grove School Museum followers learn more about Author Carla Killough McClafferty, who wil...
03/14/2019

Today’s post is to help Laurel Grove School Museum followers learn more about Author Carla Killough McClafferty, who will be doing a book signing and discussion for her new book, “Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon,” at the Laurel Grove School Museum on Sunday April 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Don’t forget to sign up on our page @laurelgroveschoolmuseum!
Although we will be posting more information about this amazing author throughout the rest of the month, please learn more on her website, www.carlamcclafferty.com.
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Address

6840 Beulah St
Alexandria, VA
22310

General information

The Laurel Grove School Association is a community-based, certified 501(c)(3) private non-profit that is able to share the heritage of the Laurel Grove School through the generous contributions of others. To donate go to www.laurelgroveschool.org and click on the Get Involved tab. To make a donation by mail, please make checks payable to The Laurel Grove School Association and send your donation to: The Laurel Grove School Association P.O. Box 150893 Alexandria, VA 22315 Thank you so much!

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 14:00
Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(703) 313-4690

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