Athlete / Educator / Principal
William H. Pitts, the distinguished Alexandria principal, was a three-year starter on the Virginia Union University’s football team from 1921 to 1924. He was an outstanding member of Virginia Union’s 1923 National Championship Football Team, and was inducted into the school’s Football Hall of Fame in 1928. He was the principal of the legendary Parker-Gray High School from 1938 to 1965.
Mayor / Entrepreneur / Philanthropist
William D. Euille, an Alexandria native, holds the honor of being Alexandria’s first African American mayor.
Positions on the Alexandria City Council and as vice mayor are included in his list of accomplishments. Mayor Euille founded Wm. D. Euille & Associates, a successful construction firm, and has been a generous philanthropist to many community organizations through the William D. Euille Foundation.
William Goddard, the Alexandria African American Emancipator, was born into slavery, his birth date unknown. After being sold to a Quaker for 80 pounds, he was able to buy his own freedom for 120 pounds three years later by paying in installments. He was emancipated in 1799. Throughout his life, he purchased/brokered the freedom of 22 enslaved people in Alexandria. He died in 1819.
Contractor / Builder
Moses Hepburn, anAfrican American contractor and builder,was the son of an enslaved laundress. He purchased land and water rights to his properties along the Potomac River and helped purchase the land for what is now Roberts Memorial United Methodist Church. He also built four townhouses in Alexandria, Virginia (206-212 N. Pitt Street).
Reverend George Parker
Minister / Politician / Entrepreneur
The Reverend George Parker holds the distinction of being the first African American in 1870 to serve on the Alexandria City Council. As founder and minister of Third Baptist Church, he was also one of the first teachers at First Select Colored School. He owned the Empire House Hotel located on King Street between Payne and Fayette Streets.