William Thomas volunteers for the nonprofit Bealsville Incorporated. He said the community represents the American dream. The founding principles of Bealsville - education, agriculture, and faith - made the community a place that past slaves, and people of all races, could call home.
"Oftentimes survival was based on who had a tractor and who didn't, who had a larger field and who didn't, whose crops were more prominent than the other, whose soil may have been richer during a particular season," Thomas said. "And that required that blacks and whites interact, even before desegregation kicked in."
Bealsville residents will be holding celebrations through the weekend. Check out http://www.bealsville.com/150year.html for more information.