Did you know the first school integration in Virginia and the first lunch counter sit-in in Northern Virginia were both in Arlington’s Cherrydale neighborhood?
This Saturday, June 9, these events and more will be commemorated during the Kick Off Celebration of Cherrydale Neighborhood’s 125th Anniversary at Cherrydale Library.
At 10:30 a.m., a plaque will be unveiled at 3815 Lee Highway (site of today’s Hair Vogue) memorializing the Cherrydale Drug Fair lunch-counter sit-in of June 9, 1960.
At 11:00 a.m., the ceremony commemorating Cherrydale’s 125th anniversary will begin at Cherrydale Library. Speakers will include sit-in veteran Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. A photo exhibit entitled “It Happened in Cherrydale: Three Brushes With History,” will open in conjunction with the anniversary. It includes:
- The desegregation on February 2, 1959, of Stratford Junior High, the first all-white public school in Virginia to admit African-Americans.
- The lunch-counter sit-in at the Cherrydale Drug Fair on June 9, 1960.
- The contributions of the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department at the Pentagon fire on September 11, 2001.
The celebration at the library will also include:
- Free cake from Heidelberg Bakery
- Music from the 1890s, 1959, and 1960
- Historical re-enactors in period costume
- 1911 Stanley Steamer automobile outside library
- Art exhibit by Taylor Elementary students
- Face-painting and a special story time at 2:00 p.m. with a theme of cherries