Arlington readers love history and one of their favorite titles will soon be back in print – revised and expanded.
Thanks to a $3,000 Virginia Department of Historic Resources matching grant accepted Saturday by the County Board, initial work has begun on a second edition of “African American History in Arlington, Virginia: A Guide to the Historic Sites of a Long and Proud Heritage.”
The original free 20-page full-color booklet, the first of its kind for the County, was published in 2001 as a joint project of the Arlington Convention and Visitors Service, the Chamber of Commerce and the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington.
Print copies ran out several years ago as the image-rich guide became much in demand with both residents and Arlington visitors looking to explore memorials like Arlington House, the historic neighborhoods of Nauck, Hall’s Hill and Butler Holmes, celebrated churches and landmark homes including that of blood research pioneer Charles R. Drew.
The original guide remains available online [pdf].
County historic preservation planner Cynthia Liccese-Torres say her office has unearthed “quite a bit of new additional research” since that first printing and the next edition will include the dozens of “lost” graves now identified in the small cemetery dating back to the 1890s at Calloway United Methodist Church.
There will also be a featured entry for the still-operating Green Valley Pharmacy in Nauck, created by Dr. Leonard Muse in 1952 for African Americans refused service in Arlington’s segregated drug stores.
Torres says the revised guide could be ready for distribution by late spring as “an already wonderful document” appears again with new sites and stories of Arlington’s compelling African American heritage.