Clifton Primitive Baptist Church

Clifton Primitive Baptist Church 1871
This simple structure represents a significant reminder of the long-standing history of Black Americans in Fairfax County. In 1863, during the Civil War, William Beckwith died and left 200 acres of property to his slaves, whom he freed in his will. In 1869, the former slaves and their children formed the Cub Run Primitive Baptist Church Association and erected the church. Inside is a simple altar, handmade pews, and pot-bellied stove, all original to the church. This is the oldest African-American church in Fairfax County.

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