Forgotten Images of Arlington’s African-American Past

Do you know about the early African-American business & residential community in central Arlington called “The Hill?”

Have you heard about the African-American soldiers and sailors from Arlington that served in WWI and WWII?

Do you know about one of the first African-American business owners in Arlington, what businesses SHE operated, and the sweet car she drove?

Join us for a special preview of a digital collection of images & documents from the Fielder House Museum that brings to light contributions of African Americans to Arlington’s rich history! Created through a partnership between the Arlington Historical Society and the Arlington Public Library, this digital Black History archive will make hundreds of rare images and historical documents available to school children, citizens, and scholars alike, 24/7 on any internet-capable device!

To kick off the our Black History Month Festival, you can get a sneak peek at some of the highlights of this exciting new collection!

(African-American child inside) Rogers-McKnight Store E. Main at Mesquite – Millinery Dept- c 1902-3

Betty Bormer was interviewed in 1937 as a part of the WPA’s “Slave Narratives” Project. The Johnson Plantation was in what is now modern Arlington. Johnson Station stagecoach stop was near present-day S. Cooper and Mayfield.

Betty Johnson Hogg – 1950s