History of Fairfax County

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1742

Establishment

Fairfax County was founded from the formation of Prince William County.

1757

Formation

Present day Loudoun and Fairfax counties were divided.

1865

Rights

Economic rebuilding began after the Civil War. Black citizens were given the right to vote and own property.

1944

NAACP

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was chartered in Fairfax County in May.

1951

Education

Black students demanded that they receive education that was equal to white students. The NAACP filed a case in the Supreme Court which became known as Brown v. Board of Education.

1959

Education

Tuition grants from the state and tax credits from the county allowed for the funding of private schools to educate white children as a way to resist school integration.

1990

Housing

The Affordable Dwelling Unit Rental Program began in the county.

2015

Housing

The county launched its “Strategic Plan to Facilitate Economic Success” with affordable housing as one of its main goals.

2016

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority adopted a mission statement that focused on equitable quality of life.

2017

One Fairfax

The “One Fairfax” resolution was passed with a focus on equity.

2017

Education

The Fairfax County School Board voted to formally support and endorse the “Fairfax County Statement on Diversity and Inclusion.”

Sources:

  • “Community Health Improvement Plan 2013-2018.” fairfaxcounty.gov/livehealthy. N.p., n.d. Web.
  • “Timeline of Fairfax County History.” research.fairfaxcounty.gov. Fairfax County Virginia, n.d. Web.
  • “One Fairfax Policy.” fairfaxcounty.gov. Fairfax County Virginia, 21 Nov. 2017. Web.
  • “About the FCEDA.” fairfaxcountyeda.org. Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, n.d. Web.
  • “History of Fairfax, Virginia.” fairfaxcountyeda.org. Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, n.d. Web.
  • “Human Rights and Equity Programs.” Fairfaxcounty.gov. Fairfax County Virginia, n.d. Web.
  • “Fairfax County Public School Board Formally Supports County’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion.” fcps.edu. Fairfax County Public Schools, 07 Apr. 2017. Web.
  • “Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC).” fcps.edu. Fairfax County Public Schools. Web.
  • “National Inclusive Schools Week.” fcps.edu. Fairfax County Public Schools. Web.
  • “FCRHA Awards $1.6M in Federal Funds to Local Non-Profit Housing Organizations.” goodhousing.org. Good Shepherd Housing, 26 Jan. 2018. Web.
  • Levine, David. “One Fairfax Resolution.” goodhousing.org. Good Shepherd Housing, 15 July 2016. Web.