Free People Of Color At Thoroughfare

Free People Of Color At Thoroughfare (HM699)

Location: Broad Run, VA 20137 Prince William County
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N 38° 49.233', W 77° 40.598'

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Families of African-American, Native American, and mixed ancestry migrated here from Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock and Warren Counties after the Civil War. The Allen, Berry, Fletcher, Nickens, and Peyton families, along with former slaves from this area acquired parts of former plantations, built homes, and established the farming community of Thoroughfare which prospered through the 1940s. Many of the "Free People of Color" who settled here were illiterate but their families were not accepted into the schools and churches of their white neighbors. In 1885, the North Fork School was built by local labor with county funding on land donated by the Primas family. In 1899, community growth compelled the families to construct a second floor room and hire an additional teacher at their own expense. Also, in 1909 members of the community built Oakrum Baptist Church, on donated land and selected their own ministers.
HM NumberHM699
Series This marker is part of the Virginia: Prince William County Historical Commission series
Marker Number68
Year Placed2004
Placed ByPrince William County Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 6:34am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 267623 N 4300267
Decimal Degrees38.82055000, -77.67663333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.233', W 77° 40.598'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 13.98" N, 77° 40' 35.88" W
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Area Code(s)540, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16317 John Marshall Hwy, Broad Run VA 20137, US
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