Let's Meet Up and learn more about Arlington's compelling history!

The Arlington Historical Society is holding a series of events. This group attended the January lecture on the development of the Metro in Arlington. It was an interesting presentation. Their February event focuses on the destruction of Arlington’s African American neighborhood “Queen City.”


Dr. Nancy Perry discusses the destruction of Arlington’s African American neighborhood “Queen City.”

In 1942, the federal government exercised eminent domain by taking 27 acres of land to build a road network around the new Pentagon in Arlington, VA. The land was occupied by the over 900 residents of African American neighborhood of East Arlington, also known as Queen City. The presentation will combine interviews with ten of the original residents of the neighborhood, oral histories, land records, census data, photographs, and news articles.

Dr. Perry has lived in Arlington since 1974. She received her PhD in Geography from George Mason University. Her dissertation explored the influence that geography had on the lives of the African American residents of Arlington Arlington County during segregation. This presentation is a continuation of her dissertation research.

EVENT LINK Arlington Public Library Arlington Public Library information: http://library.arlingtonva.us/ai1ec_event/history-talk-leveling-queen-city-for-the-pentagon-central/?instance_id=84543


The event starts at 7:00 pm ends at 9:00 pm, and will be held in the Auditorium. 

The library is accessible by Metro (orange line) VA Square or Ballston stations.

NOTE that the library is located between these two stations. If getting off at VA Square, walk towards N. Fairfax and turn left (at Starbucks). If exiting at Ballston, walk right - toward IHOP. The library is across the street from both Metro exits/entrances. Feel free to contact me with questions.

For those who'd like to meet for drinks/food after the event, we can take a short walk over to Rustico at Ballston  http://www.rusticorestaurant.com


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  • Susan M

    NOTE that this program has been canceled for today. We will let you know if they reschedule.

    February 13, 2014

  • Susan M

    I'll post tomorrow once we know for sure & will let you know about a hopeful future date. Enjoy your likely snow vacation.

    February 12, 2014

  • Susan M

    Hi All, it's not looking good for us tomorrow. If the Arlington County government is closed, there will be no historical lecture. It looks like that decision will be made at 5 am.

    February 12, 2014

  • Susan M

    Thanks to John who's working behind the scenes for us, it looks like we'll probably know by tomorrow afternoon re cancelation. Please check your email before leaving for the event tomorrow.

    February 12, 2014

  • Sharon

    I'm looking forward to the discussion so hope either only light snow or rescheduling.

    February 12, 2014

  • Susan M

    Hi All, monitoring the weather, will be in touch with the Arlington library re any cancellation of the event tomorrow evening & will keep you all posted.

    February 12, 2014

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