MIS/Jennie Dean Memorial Campaign

Thanks to your donations and the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Jennie Dean statue is being fabricated, but much still needs to be done to complete Phase One of the Jennie Dean Memorial Update. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the statue’s bronze reliefs in the base and for the surrounding plaza.

Corliss Udoema, Contract Solutions, Inc. donationThank you to Corliss Udoema (top center), owner of Contract Solutions, Inc. for the heartwarming holiday $10,000 donation to the Jennie Dean Memorial Fund. Mayor Harry J. Parrish II and Parks, Culture & Recreation Manager Kisha Wilson-Sogunro accepted the donation.

See Sculptor Chris Hill create the Jennie Dean statue:

About the Project

The Jennie Dean Memorial Committee invites you to help share the uplifting but little-known story of a courageous woman who made an indelible mark on this community.

In 1992, the Manassas City Council formally approved plans for the development of a five-acre archaeological memorial located on the original site of the Manassas Industrial School for Colored Youth (9601 Wellington Road). Phase 1 of the Memorial was dedicated in 1995 which included replicated foundations, an information kiosk, and a model of the original campus with parking and gravel walkways. 

The Manassas Industrial School/Jennie Dean Memorial update seeks to encourage more of the community to visit, linger, and learn about Jennie Dean’s rich legacy. Phase One of the $350,000 project includes installation of a long-planned bronze statue and a surrounding plaza with enhanced landscaping. Local artist Chris Hill’s statue depicts Jennie Dean as the dynamic woman she was, and it will be an impressive focal point of the Memorial.

Future plans call for connected walking paths, an updated interpretive kiosk and signage, and an amphitheater for community use.

Read the Manassas Industrial School/Jennie Dean Memorial Master Plan

Watch a video about the project:

Hear how artist Chris Hill would like students to interact with the Jennie Dean statue:


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The Manassas Museum Associates are also assisting with fundraising for the Jennie Dean Memorial Update. Visit their GoFundMe page.

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