Harry W. Gray

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Harry W. Gray was born into slavery at Arlington House plantation to parents Thornton and Selina Gray. Following the war Gray worked as a bricklayer before transitioning into work for the federal government, where he served first as a fireman and later an Assistant Messenger for the Department of the Interior.

With his skills in masonry, Gray built a large Italianate-style row home in the Johnson's Hill community in 1881. This home mimicked the style of houses then seen in Washington's African American Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Gray and his wife Martha raised four children in their home in Johnson's Hill. The Gray House is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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"Harry W. Gray," Harry Gray Gillem Collection, Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Arlington, Virginia.

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Citation

“Harry W. Gray,” Built By the People Themselves, accessed December 17, 2017, http://lindseybestebreurtje.org/arlingtonhistory/items/show/64.

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