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

    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

January 13, 2017
George Washington’s Boy

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation in Falls Church will host Hollywood actor and writer Ted Lange when he directs a live stage reading of Lange's original play George Washington's Boyon Saturday, Feb. 18, 7:30 PM at The Falls Church Episcopal Church, 166 East Broad Street in Falls Church,... Read on

January 13, 2017
Bus Trip to National African American Museum of History & Culture

Yes, we have got the hottest tickets in town! Join Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation as we celebrate Black History Month on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 with a bus trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. Seats on the bus, departing from the Tinner Hill Historic... Read on


  • March for Unity, Racial Healing and Justice

    March for Unity, Racial Healing and Justice

    On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation is sponsoring a March for Unity, Racial Healing and Justice, followed by a panel and discussion.

  • E.B. Henderson Dear Editor Contest

    E.B. Henderson Dear Editor Contest

    Co-sponsored by the Washington Post, we encourage students to write persuasive letters as a tribute to E.B. Henderson.

  • Tinner Hill Blues Festival, June 10-12, 2016

    Tinner Hill Blues Festival, June 10-12, 2016

    We’re aiming to be the premiere blues festival in the Washington, DC, metro area, and our lineup proves it!

  • Harlem Renaissance Fair

    Harlem Renaissance Fair

    The Harlem Renaissance Fair will take place on April 29, 2017 at the Richard J. Ernst Center on the Campus of Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia, from 7PM until 10:30PM.