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Franconia in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Laurel Grove Colored School and Church

 
 
Laurel Grove Colored School and Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2009
1. Laurel Grove Colored School and Church Marker
Inscription. In the early 1880s, former slaves organized a congregation and held church services near a grove of laurel on Beulah Road. The trustees, including Middleton Braxton, George Carroll, Thornton Gray, and William Jasper, were focused on educating the children of the congregation. In 1881, Georgianna and William Jasper, a former slave of William Hayward Foote of Hayfield Plantation, deeded one-half acre from his thirteen acre farm to the segregated Virginia School System for $10.00. The school served the community until 1932. In 1884, the Jaspers deeded another half acre for construction of a sanctuary next to the school.
 
Erected 2008 by Fairfax County History Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Fairfax County History Commission marker series.
 
Location. 38° 46.098′ N, 77° 9.303′ W. Marker is in Franconia, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Beulah Street 0.1 miles south of Walker Lane, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6812 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22310, Alexandria VA 22310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carrolltown (approx. 0.8 miles
Laurel Grove School and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul D Blumstein, January 14, 2009
2. Laurel Grove School and Marker
away); Franconia (approx. one mile away); The Rose Hill Raid (approx. 2.2 miles away); Rose Hill (approx. 2.2 miles away); Springfield Station (approx. 2.5 miles away); Birthplace of Fitzhugh Lee (approx. 2.7 miles away); Newington (approx. 2.7 miles away); Saint Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franconia.
 
Regarding Laurel Grove Colored School and Church. The Church mentioned burned down completely. The church sign and cemetery are still standing
 
Also see . . .
1. About Laurel Grove School: Getting This History Out. (Submitted on January 15, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. History of Laurel Grove School. “The enthusiasm and pride of the colored teachers, parents, and the African American community prevailed against the resistance and harassment of the county’s white residents. Laurel Grove students remember closing the shutters of their school to prevent rocks from breaking windows. Yet, in this segregated
Laurel Grove School and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2009
3. Laurel Grove School and Marker
school, without the facilities and supplies, Laurel Grove students learned geography without maps and competed successfully with their peers in colored fairs. A few followed the example of teachers, earning certificates to educate new generations of children in the county’s segregated public schools. ” (Submitted on April 21, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
 
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Laurel Grove School, Est. 1884 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2009
4. Laurel Grove School, Est. 1884
Jasper / Symms Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2009
5. Jasper / Symms Monument
“Austin T. Jasper, 1824–1906; His Wife Martha Ann, 1831–1916; Children Marshall M., 1856–1917; Otis Mason 1859–1924. Mary E. Symm, Daughter of A.J. & M.A. Jasper, 1861–1920.”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2009, by Paul D Blumstein of Alexandria, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,479 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on July 26, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on April 21, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   2. submitted on January 15, 2009, by Paul D Blumstein of Alexandria, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on April 21, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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