Black and African American History of the Bull Run Mountains: A Cultural History Fellowship Report

The Preserve’s brilliant and talented cultural history interpreter Barinaale Dube recently graduated from the prestigious Howard University! In celebration of this fantastic achievement, we are happy to share the completed report on her fellowship work, co-authored by Barinaale and Preserve staff.

Barinaale began her time here as the first Cultural History fellow in 2020. Despite the unique challenges of the last two years, she managed to not only complete her fellowship, but to further her research and its impact as cultural history interpreter. This report contains summaries of her findings focused on three families integral to the history of the Bull Run Mountains, as well as discussions of the importance of Black history and the unique challenges and questions that arise in this kind of inquiry.

Featuring timelines, family trees, pictures, blog posts, and even a transcript of one of her guided hikes, this report represents hundreds of hours of hard work. Take the time to read and you will step back in time to meet some of the incredible Black and African American people who called these mountains home for generations. We are very proud of Barinaale for her dedication to this project, and wish her the best in her new endeavors!

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