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.
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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.

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02/22/2021

As Black History Month comes to a close, we highlight our latest influential African American- Maya Angelou; an award winning author, poet, civil rights activist, college professor, and screen writer. Maya Angelou remains among the most significant Black women of her time. #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM #FairfaxCounty #history #museumeducation #museumfromhome

02/15/2021

It is only fitting that on Presidents’ Day and Black History month we highlight our 44th President of the United States Barack Obama.

#BlackHistoyMonth #BHM #HomeSchooling #FairfaxCounty #history # museumeducation

02/08/2021

As Black History Month continues, we highlight William and Georgianna Jasper who bought 13 acres of land, and deeded a half acre to build the Laurel Grove School that educated the Black children of Franconia, Virginia. #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM #Homeschooling #BlackHistoryEducation #museumeducation #FairfaxCounty

02/01/2021
Black History Month Post #1

Get ready to celebrate Black History Month with us! We will be highlighting information about Laurel Grove School, and influential African Americans from the past and present who have made a difference.

We kick-off the month with a short video about the importance of the Laurel Grove School Association. We thank the many people and volunteers who have helped restore the one-room schoolhouse built by former slaves into a museum and teaching center to spread the school’s rich history.

#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM #History #fairfaxcounty #homeschooling #museums #museumeducation #museumfromhome

Statement on the Death of Baseball Hall of Famer Henry “Hank” Aaron
01/23/2021
Statement on the Death of Baseball Hall of Famer Henry “Hank” Aaron

Statement on the Death of Baseball Hall of Famer Henry “Hank” Aaron

Kevin Young, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, released the following statement today, Friday, Jan. 22, on the death of baseball legend Henry “Hank” Aaron.

01/20/2021
01/18/2021
Watch Night Service" in the Black Church in America symbolizes the historical fact, that on the night of Dec. 31, 1862 d...
12/31/2020

Watch Night Service" in the Black Church in America symbolizes the historical fact, that on the night of Dec. 31, 1862 during the Civil War, free and freed blacks living in the Union States gathered at churches and/or other safe spaces, while thousands of their enslaved black sisters and brothers stood, knelt and prayed on plantations and other slave holding sites in America -- waiting for President Abraham Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation into law. The Emancipation Proclamation legally recognized that the Civil War was fought for slavery.

Over one hundred and fifty years later, African American Christians continue the faith tradition of their enslaved ancestors and gather at a designated meeting space, the church, to celebrate; they are the survivors of a people who were defined in the U.S. Constitution as three-fifths human, shackled in chains and denied the right to vote.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Laurel Grove School Museum #Holiday #Holiday2020
12/21/2020

Happy Holidays from all of us at Laurel Grove School Museum
#Holiday #Holiday2020

On Sunday August 2, 2020, Laurel Grove School alumna Elizabeth Baker Blackwell turned 100 years old. She says that her s...
08/03/2020

On Sunday August 2, 2020, Laurel Grove School alumna Elizabeth Baker Blackwell turned 100 years old. She says that her secret to a long life is “ trusting God will take care of you.” Hope you had an amazing birthday Mrs. Blackwell 🎉
#laurelgroveschool #alumna #100thbirthday #happybirthday

On July 23, 2020, the Fairfax County School Board voted to rename Robert E. Lee High School, John R. Lewis High School, ...
07/31/2020

On July 23, 2020, the Fairfax County School Board voted to rename Robert E. Lee High School, John R. Lewis High School, after U.S Congressman John R. Lewis who recently passed on July 17, 2020. The Laurel Grove School Museum is very happy with Fairfax County Public Schools’ decision to honor an American leader that was one of the pioneers of the civil rights movement, and fought for human rights and liberties throughout his life.

To learn more about U.S Congressman John R. Lewis, use the link below:
https://johnlewis.house.gov/john-lewis/biography

To learn more about the renaming of Robert E. Lee High School use this link:
https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/departments-and-offices/deputy-superintendents-office/region-3/robert-e-lee-high-school

#johnrlewis #johnrlewishighschool #FairfaxCountyPublicSchools #fairfaxcountyva

Why is June 19th a significant date to celebrate? On June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger and his troops re...
06/19/2020

Why is June 19th a significant date to celebrate?

On June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger and his troops reached Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended. They also came with the news that the enslaved were liberated. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

When discussing this historical event, while being overjoyed for the freedom of the enslaved, we sometimes forget to ponder the uncertainties and challenges experienced by the newly freed men and women. When reflecting on the sentence above, The Laurel Grove School Museum thinks of our founder William Jasper, a freedman that was able to purchase a 13 acre plot of land in Fairfax County, VA in 1860. The success journey of William Jasper, from being enslaved on a plantation to founding the Laurel Grove Colored School in 1881, shows his ongoing desire for excellence and the possibilities to persevere for a brighter future in an oppressive society.

William Jasper is celebrating with us as we acknowledge this triumphant day in history!

The Laurel Grove School Museum will be closed today, Saturday, March 14, 2020.
03/14/2020

The Laurel Grove School Museum will be closed today, Saturday, March 14, 2020.

12/28/2019

Laurel Grove School Museum will be closed today, Saturday, December 28th! Continue to enjoy the holiday season!

Second Annual Ornament Decorating Workshop is tomorrow! The Laurel Grove School Museum Staff cannot wait to see you all ...
12/13/2019

Second Annual Ornament Decorating Workshop is tomorrow! The Laurel Grove School Museum Staff cannot wait to see you all there!!!
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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!
#thanksgiving #laurelgroveschool #laurelgroveschoolmuseum #africanamericanhistory #virginiahistory #upcomingevents #decembercelebration #holidayseason #alexandria #dcarea

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!
#fallopenhouse #laurelgroveschoolmuseum #laurelgroveschool #africanamericanhistory #virginiahistory #virginiaisformuseumlovers #alexandriavirginia

11/16/2019
#fallopenhouse #laurelgroveschool #africanamericanmuseum #africanamericanhistory #virginiahistory #americanhistory #oner...
10/19/2019

#fallopenhouse #laurelgroveschool #africanamericanmuseum #africanamericanhistory #virginiahistory #americanhistory #oneroomschoolhouse #education #firstgenerationborntofreedom #alexandria #franconia #dc

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.
#alexandria #equaljusticeinitiative #communityremembranceproject #memorialize #lynchingsinamerica #lynchingpillar#nationalmemorialforpeaceandjustice #saturday #september21

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.

#laurelgroveschool #africanamericanhistory #africanamericanmuseum #virginiaisforlovers #virginiaisformuseumlovers #alexandriavirginia #franconiavirginia #fairfaxcountypublicschools #fcps #oneroomschoolhouse #motivate #succeed #believeinyourself #teachers #students #learn #teach #striveforgreatness

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!
#laurelgroveschool #africanamericanmuseum #workshop #crafts #pencilboxes #backtoschool #painting #alexandriavirginia #fcps #franconiavirginia #dcarea #africanamericanhistory #virginiahistory #americanhistory #history

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.

#laurelgroveschool #africanamericanmuseum #workshop #pencilboxes #painting #artsandcrafts #backtoschool #education #virginiaisforlovers #virginiaisforhistorylovers #virginiaisformuseumlovers #alexandriavirginia #franconiavirginia #dcarea #fcps #teachers #students

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!
#fathersday #thankyouforeverything #fatherfigures #laurelgroveschool #africanamericanmuseums #oneroomschoolhouse #fairfaxcounty #franconiavirginia #alexandriavirginia #virginiaisforlovers

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.
#laurelgroveschool #africanamericanmuseum #teachers #students #SOL #standardsoflearning #reading #languagearts #science #socialstudies #math #franconiavirginia #alexandriavirginia #fairfaxcounty #fairfaxcountypublicschools #school #virginiaisforlearners #youcandoit #believeinyourself

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.
#leedistrict #franconiacommunity #ladyfairfax #laurelgroveschoolmuseum

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.

#laurelgroveschool #africanamericanmuseum #happymothersday #mothers #teachers #supporters #loveunconditionally #thankyouforallthatyoudo #virginiaisforlovers

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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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

+17033134690

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So this happened today! Free-choice Non-fiction report presentation @Stratford Landing ES 🏠
Loved our visit today!