New Booklet Celebrates Arlington's Rich African-American Story

Published on September 29, 2016


  • Free print and digital copies available

  • Greatly expands popular guide long out-of-print

  • Features new research from County's Historic Preservation Program


"A Guide to the African American Heritage of Arlington County, Virginia" is now in print and available online from the County's Historic Preservation Program. The new booklet was made possible in part by a $3,000 matching grant from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.


The lavishly illustrated, full-color, 64-page work is a much-expanded version of the original guide published in 2001 as part of the County's bicentennial celebration. The original booklet was in such demand that print copies ran out several years ago.

New sites added


The updated publication, written and designed by County historic preservation planner John Liebertz, features captivating new information about African American historic neighborhoods, sites, buildings and people. Rare historic photographs, maps, letters and first-hand personal accounts highlight both the courage and trials of African American Arlingtonians.

"African American history in Arlington is interwoven into the overall fabric of the County," Liebertz says. "This new booklet captures many of the contributions African Americans have made to the development and advancement of our community. The Historic Preservation Program looks forward to expanding upon this research and exploring more of the cultural heritage and diversity of Arlington County."

Free digital and print copies now available


The guide can be downloaded as a free pdf. Free print copies are available while supplies last at:


  • Arlington Historic Preservation Program Office, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 700

  • Arlington Convention and Visitor's Bureau, 1100 N. Glebe Blvd., Suite 1500


Reference copies may be viewed at all Arlington Public Library locations.

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