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Posted by: Joyce Date: December 07, 2001 at 06:20:52
In Reply to: SLAVES OF ARLINGTON, VA. by Renee of 97

Before the early 1900s, Arlington County was part of the large county of Fairfax. Even before the end of the Civil War, most slaves had already been freed in the area, but many chose to live on the homesteads or their former owners. Hall's Hill was a major farm in the county. There is a section of Arlington that is home to many of the descendants of those who lived there. Up until a few years ago it was refered to as "Hall's Hill" by locals, then the "PC police" removed all mention of the name because SOME found it to be a reminder of slavery (the same who fought to have Virginia'a State Song be shelved for the same reason), although those living there did much for keeping history pure. I believe there is only one remaining historial marker left on a side street away from the major traffic flow to mark the area.

My great grandfather was also a farmer in the area and had six former slave families living on his property as were several white families who "share cropped" to pay for purchase of their land from him. I believed the families who live in what was Hall's Hill were deeded some of the property many decades ago. Much of it was sold off but there are probably about seventy to eighty households still remaining in that area with relatives long removed from the original occupents within the old farm boundries.


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