The Thoroughfare Colored / North Fork School
Notice the dot on the You Are Here map. This was where one of the first public schools for Prince William County's African-American children was established, and it stood just inside the northwest corner of this property.
In October 1884, Frank Fletcher, who had constructed many of the houses in the town of Thoroughfare, gathered the names of 60 African-American childrens who could not attend the white school. Residents petitioned the county and the North Fork School was opened in 1885 on land donated by the Primas family. Although the county funded the school, local residents completed most of the construction.
The one-room school measured 18 feet by 28 feet. Within 12 years the building was too small for the number of students enrolled, so Thoroughfare's African American citizens added a second floor. At some point of the school became known as the North Fork School because of its location along the North Fork of Broad Run. The school operated until 1936, when Thoroughfare's African-American children were bussed to nearby Antioch-Northfork Elementary School.
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Location. 38° 49.028′ N, 77° 40.521′ W. Marker is near Haymarket, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Thoroughfare Road 0.4 miles south of John Marshall Highway (Virginia Route 55), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16311 Thoroughfare Rd, Broad Run VA 20137, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Water Fowl And Their Habitat (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Thoroughfare Gap & Chapman's Mill (here, next to this marker); Antioch-McCrae African American School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Farm Life (approx. ¼ mile away); Free People Of Color At Thoroughfare (approx. ¼ mile away); Aldo Leopold (approx. 1.2 miles away); On Hallowed Ground (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Battle of Buckland Mills (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Haymarket.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.