Video: Gum Springs’ role as a haven for African Americans

Earlier this month, WJLA/ABC7 recognized Black History Month with a segment on Gum Springs, which is the oldest African-American community in Fairfax County.

Ron Chase, president of the Gum Springs Historical Society, talked to ABC7 about the history of the community, and the important role it has played for African Americans.

Gum Springs’ purpose, he said, was “providing a haven … a sanctuary for African-Americans from the point of slavery down through Jim Crow and even into present day.”