Celebrate Black History Month By Visiting These African American Historic Sites In Alexandria

Black History Month is the perfect time for residents in Alexandria to celebrate the important contributions of African Americans to the history of Alexandria. The City is filled with many historic sites which portray and honor the lives of all African Americans who made contributions to Alexandria’s history.Residents can learn about the history of these African Americans by exploring these historic sites:

 

  • Alexandria Black History Museum – located at 902 Wythe Street, the Museum now occupies the building which was once the home of Robert H Robinson Library. The Museum is dedicated to interpreting the nation’s African American history and culture.

 

  • African American Hall of Fame – located at Charles Houston Recreation Center 901 Wythe Street, this “wall” of famers displays short form biographies of the African Americans who have contributed¬† to the City of Alexandria in the field of education, medicine, law, business, sports and much more.

 

Black statue

  • Contrabands & Freedmen Cemetery Memorial – this memorial which is situated at 100 South Washington once served as the burial place for about 1,800 African Americans who fled Alexandria to escape from bondage. The memorial honors the ones who escaped the bondage with a sculpture portraying the struggle for freedom.

 

 

  • Freedom House Museum – located at 1315 Duke Street, this building once served as the headquarters for the largest slave trading companies in the country. The Museum features original artifacts and first person accounts told through videos and exhibits of the reality faced by African Americans who survived the slave trade.

 

  • Alexandria African American Heritage Park – the park houses the oldest African American¬†burial ground. Located at 500 Holland Lane, the park features a bronzed memorial “Truth That Rise from the Roots” which honors the contributions of African Americans to the growth of Alexandria.

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