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Join the Virtual Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 11, for the Parker-Gray 101st Anniversary

Black and white photo of class of Parker-Gray School students

The historic legacy of the Parker-Gray School in Alexandria serves as a reminder of the importance of the ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Equity for All vision. This September, our community marks the 101st anniversary of Parker-Gray School, which provided Black children the opportunity of education at a time when segregation threatened what is now recognized as a fundamental right of every child. 

This event is possible thanks to the Founder of the Alexandria African American Hall of Fame, Robert N. Dawkins. As the 100th Anniversary of the Parker-Gray School was approaching last year, Mr. Dawkins, alongside Alexandria African American Hall of Fame Chairman Julian Haley, Jr., initiated a brick project titled ‘Paving Our History: The Parker-Gray Memorial Walkway’ to honor the legacy of Parker-Gray School.

The 101st anniversary celebration and new signage at the site are a testament to the power of education and the spirit of the school’s alumni and adds a critical chapter to Alexandria’s African American history.

Please join in the celebration of the anniversary of this vital institution in the City of Alexandria at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11. Join us on Zoom for the virtual event. ACPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. will be one of the featured speakers. Review the full event program (PDF)

Alexandria Health Department Vaccination Clinics

Math teacher Danielle Thorne receives a COVID-19 vaccination shot from a school nurse

The Alexandria Health Department will hold a vaccine clinic at Alexandria City High School (ACHS) on Saturday, Sept. 25:

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Alexandria City High School, 3330 King St.
Saturday, Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome for either vaccine. Have questions? Call 703-746-4988.

Additionally, there are vaccines available at the City of Alexandria’s Teen Wellness Center which is located at the ACHS King Street Campus. Community members can find additional vaccine clinics in Alexandria on the City of Alexandria COVID-19 Vaccines webpage. 

Constitution Week Event

A field of hundreds of flags

Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson will sign the official proclamation commemorating Constitution Week in Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday, Sept. 20 at 11:30 a.m. The signing marks the country’s 234th anniversary. 

The tradition of celebrating the U.S. Constitution began in 1956 after the Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to dedicate the week of September 17-23 to commemorate the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Week aims to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities to protect the U.S. Constitution, educate people about the role of the U.S. Constitution and encourage the study of historical events leading to the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in September 1787.

Students from the Alexandria City High School Jr. ROTC and Choir will participate in the signing, as well as Fifer David Embrey and Bell Ringer Jane Ring. ACPS staff and School Board members will also be attending. 

The proclamation signing is open to the public and no sign up is required. The event will be live-streamed and will also be available on YouTube. A video capturing the celebration will be released in the coming weeks.