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[Bethlehem Baptist Church, Gum Springs, Virginia.]

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Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Bethlehem Baptist Church (Gum Springs, Va.)
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Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet
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Gum Springs (Va.)
Alexandria (Va.)
March 1955
20th century
"Gum Springs is the oldest African American Community in Fairfax County, formally established in 1833. West Ford, a former slave, founded the community after being freed by George Washington. Located close to the Mount Vernon Estate,the community was a sanctuary for freedmen and runaways. Samuel Taylor, a runnaway slave established the first institution in Gum Springs, The Bethlehem Baptist church. Assisted by Quakers, the first school was established at Bethlehem...this historic black community. Today, Gum Springs has more than 2,500 residents, up to 500 descended from the original families." (Wikipedia, )
No ink on negative. Church in Gum Springs, Virginia; sleeve reads "Rev. Chapmans [?] Church". "Kodak -- Safety -- Film" edge imprint. Ident. as Bethlehem Baptist Church, "near 7836 Fordson Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22306 at the intersection of Fordson Road and Sherwood Hall Lane in Gum Springs" by Jay Bruder, 19 May 2016.
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Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
African diaspora
Church buildings
Local number:
Box 618.04.75
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Black-and-white film negatives (Series 4), Scurlock Studio Records 1905-1994
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Archives Center - NMAH

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