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Date(s) - 04/14/2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


You can attend this event either on Zoom OR in-person at the Marymount University Main Campus.  Please use this link to register to participate via Zoom. Driving directions to the Library Auditorium are below.  Any changes to this event will first be provided here on this webpage. So, look here first for any changes.

Selina Gray (1823 – 1907) recently had a public square named for her in Arlington. You may remember her as the enslaved woman at Arlington House who saved George Washington’s artifacts after the Lee family fled south at the beginning of the Civil War. Much has been written about her but her legacy after the Civil War is little known. Just as important is her life after the war. She and her family helped found Green Valley and her children and their progeny became community leaders in what was then Alexandria County.

Our speaker is John McNair, the Park Historian at Arlington County’s Fort C.F. Smith Park. He is responsible for educational programing across various historic sites within the Arlington County Parks system. He holds a BA in History from the University of Mary Washington, and a MA in History from George Mason University. He began his career in public history as an intern for the National Park Service at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and has since worked as a Certified Interpretive Guide for the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation. He was selected to give the keynote speech at the dedication of the newly named Selina Gray Square in 2020.

Remote AND In-Person Attendance Details

This program is free and open to the public. This will be held BOTH on Zoom AND in the Reinsch Library Auditorium on the Main Campus of Marymount University. 

  • If you plan to attend via zoom, please register by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 11, using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScIzPRT5-R9cPmFrF6sdoM5yZ89gh23L6_Mb4kFiT5NtfD30w/viewform?usp=sf_link  On Thursday morning April 14, you will receive the Zoom link to use for virtual attendance.
  • If you attend the event in person, Marymount University no longer requires campus visitors to wear masks or social distance.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees planning to attend the event in-person should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. From Glebe Road going north, take a right onto 26th Street. Pass the intersection with Yorktown Road and then enter the campus through the next gate on your left. The library is to your left as you enter the campus. Free garage parking is just past the library at the bottom of the small incline. (Handicapped parking is immediately to your right as you enter the campus.)

This event is one of the monthly series of public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.

Any changes to this event will first be provided here on this webpage. So, look here first for any changes.