Thank you very much Melissa Scott Sinclair for writing this article at this auspicious time, and kudos to Ash Daniel for a wonderful photograph. The people of Gravel Hill have an amazing heritage.
My father, Len Morrow, grew up in Glendale, and is a friend of the Gravel Hill community. He has transferred property to the Civil War Trust. This land and the others you mentioned will eventually be made into the battlefield park.
Back on June 21, 2008, my father and I attended a celebration: the Gravel Hill Heritage Day at the Gravel Hill Community Center of Varina. This building, as you mention in your article, was once the schoolhouse across the road from the Gravel Hill Baptist Church. They had an amazing display set up of the history of the people of Gravel Hill. I got the information from them — and tried in vain to get someone in Richmond to be interested enough to publish an article about Gravel Hill.
It was not yet time. This is the year to publish this history — and you did a marvelous job.
Editors' note: The residents of Gravel Hill, one of Virginia's first communities of free blacks, invites the public to a weekend of free tours, lectures and entertainment, June 30 to July 1, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 5417 Long Bridge Road.