You can’t go far in Northern Virginia without being reminded of the Civil War: The historical markers confront you near the Bailey’s Crossroads Old Navy and the Burger King by what was at one time Springfield Station; they’re at the O&E Railroad Trestle on the local running trail and in front of what was the site of the Rose Hill farmhouse. Of the 47 Fairfax County historical markers, a quarter are Civil War-related. The Confederate flag remained on a specialty license plate for the Sons of Confederate Veterans—an organization of male descendants of Confederate vets—until it was removed in 2015. The plate now exists without the flag, although you can still get one bearing the image of Robert E. Lee.
Yet the ghosts of the Confederacy can seem to many like ancient history: Fairfax is about 53 percent white, 18 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 16 percent Hispanic/Latino, and 9 percent black. The county leans Democratic; 65 percent of voters favored Hillary Clinton in 2016. It’s an area that is typically characterized as family friendly, if a bit suburban-bland. Residents take pride in the school system and its diversity. …
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