Who We Are

We were founded to honor the civil rights heroes of Tinner Hill and further the ideals for which they stood.

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation works to raise awareness of the contributions of African-Americans and other cultures to the development of Falls Church, Fairfax County, the United States, and African descendants in the diaspora, by disseminating information and by providing community services and hosting community events.  For more history, check out 100 Years of Black Falls Church, an online collaborative project produced by the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the George Mason University African and African American Studies program. For additional video content, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel

Education and Resources

  • Tinner Hill Historic Site

    A partnership between Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation (THHF), the City of Falls Church, Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) will develop the Tinner Hill Historic Site. The development of the Tinner Hill Historic Site is the culmination of 17 years spent by the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation researching, preserving and gathering historic resources that share an important chapter in American history. The site will help people for generations to learn of the brave actions of local civil rights African American pioneers took that led to the birth of the nations first rural branch of the NAACP in 1915.  Martha Jackson Jarvis, renown sculptor recognized for creating works that engages issues of identity and symbols of belief that confront contemporary life and are rooted in historical traditions and culture, has been commissioned to create a stone sculpture for the site entitled, the Zig Zag.  The design is based on an ancient West African Adinka symbol that is also found in Native American textiles. Dedication of the Tinner Hill Historic Site was on Jan. 10, 2015.

  • Educational Resources

    Educational Resources

    Our foundation is involved in preserving and sharing local, state and national African American history and using that history to promote respect and unity among all people. 

Featured News & Updates View Blog

March 3, 2017
Not to Run From History, But to Learn From It

From Falls Church News-Press Guest Commentary By John Ohmer & Nikki Graves Henderson

This Saturday, The Falls Church and the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation will jointly dedicate a stone sidewalk plaque in front of the historic building of The Falls Church. The intention of this plaque is... Read on

March 3, 2017
Tinner Hill Foundation Thanks Community

From Falls Church News-Press Letters to the Editor: February 23 – March 1, 2017

Editor,

As we come to the end of Black History month, the board of directors of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation wishes to thank the many Falls Church residents who participated in... Read on

Events