Galloway Methodist Church

Galloway Methodist Church (HM1D7S)

Location: Falls Church, VA 22042 Fairfax County
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N 38° 52.715', W 77° 10.43'

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Historic African American Cemetery

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.

Eliza 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.
HM NumberHM1D7S
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Year Placed2013
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 7:32am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 311432 N 4305548
Decimal Degrees38.87858333, -77.17383333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 52.715', W 77° 10.43'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 52' 42.90" N, 77° 10' 25.80" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 306 Annandale Rd, Falls Church VA 22042, US
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