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Falls Church, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Galloway Methodist Church

Historic African American Cemetery

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1. Galloway Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  In 1867, African Americans built Galloway United Methodist Church and established the historic cemetery you are facing. According to local tradition, before and during the Civil War enslaved people on the Dulany plantation secretly worshiped in the grove of trees at the center of the cemetery. Those buried here include the following.

George and Harriet Brice, church founders, lie beside each other. Harriet’s marker simply says “Mother.” Her husband, George Brice, escaped from slavery and joined the 6th Regiment, United States Colored Troops (USCT). The regiment was organized near Philadelphia in July-September 1863. If fought around Richmond and Petersburg until December 1864, when it embarked for North Carolina. It was at Bennett Place when Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston surrendered his army on April 26, 1865.

Charles Lee, a free man of color, served in the 10th USCT. The regiment was raised in Virginia in November 1863 and fought around Richmond and Petersburg.

Charles Tinner and Isaac Peyton were members of the interracial Home Guard, which protected town residents and their property.

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Hicks Henderson escaped bondage after the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863 and walked from Vicksburg to Washington, D.C. to rejoin her family. She concealed her young son, William Henderson, in a trunk.

Lula Mars rests under a stone marked “Born in Williamsburg.” Her owner was the father of her daughter Louisa Mars, who married William Henderson. Both are buried here.

Harriet Foote Turner escaped from the nearby Cook-Fitzhugh plantation late in the 1850s and used forged passes to lead newly purchased slaves to freedom in Canada. She later returned frequently to visit relatives and is buried here.
Erected 2013 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1937.
Location. 38° 52.715′ N, 77° 10.43′ W. Marker is in Falls Church, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Annandale Road south of Hillwood Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the Galloway Cemetery at Galloway United Methodist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 306 Annandale Road, Falls Church VA 22046, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least
Galloway Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Galloway Methodist Church Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Emerging City 1920 - 1950 / 1950 and Beyond (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rebuilding 1865 - 1890 / Turn of the 20th Century 1890 - 1920 (about 600 feet away); The Story of Falls Church / Settlement 1700 - 1815 (about 600 feet away); Virginia Village 1815 - 1861 / Civil War 1861 - 1865 (about 600 feet away); Tinner Hill (about 800 feet away); The Tinner Hill Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Zig Zag Sculpture (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Tinner Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falls Church.
More about this marker. The marker displays three portraits captioned Harriet Brice Courtesy Ferguson Family, William Henderson Courtesy Henderson House Family Collection, and Lula Mars Courtesy Henderson House Family Collection.
Also see . . .  6th United States Colored Infantry Regiment. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Submitted on March 1, 2014.) 
Harriet Brice image. Click for full size.
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3. Harriet Brice
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William Henderson image. Click for full size.
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4. William Henderson
Close-up of photo on marker.
Lulu Mars image. Click for full size.
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5. Lulu Mars
Close-up of photo on marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 1, 2014. This page has been viewed 1,375 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 1, 2014. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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