Cub Run Memorial Garden Cemetery

Description

This cemetery is located in Centreville Virginia on Naylor road.  Located on a large tract of land is over 100 gravestones that include four major families, the Scotts, the Naylors, the Robinsons, and the Harris family.  The family I focused on was the Harris family, an African American family of farmers from Centreville and Manasses Virginia.  Jesse Harris, a freed slave in 1814, acquired farmland along the Centreville/Manassas area in Virginia.  His son Obed and his grandson Anthony Harris eventually bought out land nearby to their father.  The farmland was occupied by Union soldiers according to a war claim made in 1872, and Stonewall Jackson had a hand in destroying some of the family calves and taking hay from the farm.  The reason the Harris family is important is that they were able to prosper and become farmers in America during the pre-Civil War days, a feat that was nearly impossible for colored people.

 

Credits

Sections

Harris family

This exhibit will explain various prominent members that were in the Harris family.

What can be learned about the family through the U.S. census

This section will discuss how the Harris family farm came to be and how certain family members took a step away from the farm to become soldiers in the army or pursue other ventures.