“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

A Vibrant, But Segregated Community

A Vibrant, But Segregated Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, November 11, 2006
1. A Vibrant, But Segregated Community Marker
Inscription. In the aftermath of the Civil War, numerous former slaves came to Fredericksburg where there was already an established free black community. Many freedmen took work as laborers and servants. Others brought artisan skills they had practiced in slavery. The area in front of you and to your right became one of several African-American neighborhoods in Fredericksburg.

The local economy, however, had been devastated by the war and did not provide many opportunities for skilled workers. Available jobs were primarily in mills and factories. Educational opportunities were limited to a segregated school. Still, many African-American small businesses flourished.

These blocks were Fredericksburg’s black center of commerce until the 1970s. Restaurants and boarding houses initially appeared among the residences, catering to the local community as well as to travelers. There were also professional offices, retail stores, barber and beauty shops, a grocery store, a funeral homes and two hotels.

(Sidebar) Constructed in 1884, the Fredericksburg Colored School was located to your left, where the fire station now stands.
Erected by City of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Location. 38° 17.969′ N, 77° 27.501′ 
Jason C. Grant image. Click for full size.
2. Jason C. Grant
Closeup of portrait on marker. Caption reads Jason C. Grant was born a free black, to a Kentucky slave who had escaped to Canada. He came to Fredericksburg in the 1880s to teach. By the time he retired in 1924, he was the principal of the Fredericksburg Colored School.
W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Wolfe Street and Princess Anne Street (Virginia Route 2), on the right when traveling south on Wolfe Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) (here, next to this marker); Mt. Zion Baptist Church (here, next to this marker); Fredericksburg (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fredericksburg (about 500 feet away); John Paul Jones House (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . .  African American History of Fredericksburg, Virginia. by Ruth Fitzgerald on (Submitted on December 3, 2006.) 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
A Vibrant, But Segregated Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 20, 2010
3. A Vibrant, But Segregated Community Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,706 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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