Our History

The Nauck community in Arlington has a long and proud history as a haven for African-Americans before the Civil War, when free blacks owned land and built homes on the land. The dismantling of the Freedmen’s Village after the War brought more black families to the neighborhood along with schools and churches which became the center of the community.

In 1908, a congregation that later became known as Macedonia Baptist Church was organized in the home of Bonder and Amanda Johnson.  At the dawn of the 21st century, Macedonia flourished.   Yet the surrounding Nauck community, suffered from aging structures and a lack of investments.  These conditions led Arlington County to declare it an area in need of dramatic revitalization.

Macedonia’s Pastor, Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr. spearheaded the creation of a Community Development Corporation to ensure redevelopment efforts worthy of Nauck’s proud past. In that spirit, the CDC was named in honor of Nauck’s early 20th century pioneers, Bonder and Amanda Johnson, and was formally incorporated as the Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation (BAJCDC) in 1999.

Since that time, BAJCDC has worked to improve the lives of citizens residing in the Nauck Community and surrounding areas of Arlington County, Virginia.  BAJCDC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to providing the necessary tools to maintain a healthy and vibrant community.

Our mission is to enhance the economic and social development of our community. It is our vision to do this through providing opportunities to address community needs through education, healthy living, financial empowerment and community involvement.

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