Falls Church is a historic city which has seen its share of social change and progress. Specifically, the Tinner Hill Historic Site stands as a monument for equal rights. On January 9, 2015, the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation (THHF), celebrated this historic event with a Centennial Gala and were joined by many long-time advocates. Greg Woodyard, served as Master of Ceremonies and Roslyn Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors was the keynote speaker for the gala. On January 10, the historic site was dedicated, in partnership with the City of Falls Church, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) and Fairfax County. Stephanie Meeks, CEO of the National Trust For Historic Preservation and a City resident was the keynote speaker for Saturday.
The significance of the Tinner Hill Historic Site can be traced back to 1915, when a group of nine brave citizens gathered at the home of Joseph Tinner to form the organization, the Colored Citizens Protective League (CCPL)—the forerunner to the first rural branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the United States.
The CCPL asked to be chartered as a branch of the NAACP so that they could continue to fight injustices, and in 1918 they officially formed the Falls Church and Vicinity NAACP. Tinner became the first president of this branch.
To honor these citizens, the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation constructed a memorial arch in 1999. The stone used in the arch was collected from demolished buildings constructed by Tinner himself. In fact, the Tinner Pink Granite found in Falls Church, is one of only three places in the world where it was quarried.