Mrs. Arlington Celebrates History

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?

Snip20180604_64This 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.

Snip20180604_63At 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.

Snip20180604_65The 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


For more information about the event, check out the Cherrydale Library website, or read the article in the Arlington Connection.

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