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. First formal celebration of the Tinner Hill Historic Site partnership will take place May 27, 2014.

  • Educational Resources

    Our foundation is involved in helping to plan academic curricula locally and to continue advancing educational opportunities for students in Falls Church.

Featured News & Updates View Blog

December 12, 2014
A Centennial Celebration of Tinner Hill

This article originally appeared in the Falls Church News-Press on December 4, 2014.

I feel blessed to live in a municipality like Falls Church, Virginia.  A small progressive community where knowing your neighbors and interacting with those who make decisions regarding it’s governance is possible. ... Read on

September 25, 2014
Fundraiser Celebrating 100 Years of Civil Rights in Fairfax County

As founding president of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, I am giving up my birthday this year, and donating my age (I'm 59, today) to donate $59, or more, to preserve important Civil Rights History in Northern Virginia, and the nation. (Donate at www.tinyurl.com/TinnerHillDonation)

The... Read on