Community Activism and Self-Determination, Community and Culture
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"Falls Church Gleanings," Washington Bee, November 19, 1921, 5
The remarkable progress made by the colored citizens of Fairfax County, Va., should serve to inspire singular effort for worthy causes elsewhere. For six years the colored fair had been held as an aftermath to the County Fair held by and for white people. After last year the leading men in charge of the fair decided to launch a scheme among colored people with a view of securing their own fair grounds. A company was organized and capitalized at $25,000. Four thousand dollars worth of its stock was put on the market May 1st, 1921, and was oversubscribed in forty days. The incorporators, after much shrewd business dealing, bought fifteen acres boarding the one electric line, and five minutes walk of another. Twelve acres have been fenced and cleared and eight buildings were erected in time to encompass the exhibits and seat spectators for auditorium and grandstand purposes. The seventh annual fair was held on October 12th and 13th, and was witnessed by approximately 2,800 people. Public order was good and the receipts totaled about $1,800. The colored fair project is a monument to the untiring efforts of President A. T. Shirley, Secretary W. A. West, Treasurer B. McDaniels, and the splendid men and women about the county, who were associated with them in their very able work.
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