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Date(s) - 10/08/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Fastest Growing County in America: Suburbanization, Segregation, and Community Development in Arlington

This presentation will explore segregation and racialized zoning and planning laws in Arlington to see how these policies impacted the county’s suburban growth from the 1900s to the 1970s. Our speaker will start at the turn of the last century when Arlington’s suburban boom first began and lay out the race-based policies of early boosters, restrictive covenants, planning laws. She’ll also discuss how Arlington’s communities, black and white, grew together and in opposition.

Dr. Lindsey Bestebreurtje is a historian of African-American community development and the built environment in the 19th and 20th century American South. She holds a PhD in History and a Masters in Museum Studies from George Mason University, and a BA in History from the College of William and Mary. For the last decade she has worked as a historian for numerous institutions, including the Historic American Landscape Survey, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and the National Park Service. Since 2015, she has worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
This event is free and open to the public. It is a virtual program using Zoom.  Please register for the event by Wednesday, October 7 by clicking HERE (or cut and paste this link in your browser: and providing your email address.  AHS will send you an email the morning of the event with Zoom access information.