Freedmen's Cemetery Memorial Lecture
Specialists on Alexandria, Virginia’s African American history and archeology talked about the results of their investigation into… read more
Specialists on Alexandria, Virginia’s African American history and archeology talked about the results of their investigation into Freedmen’s Cemtary, a “rediscovered” cemetery used by African Americans who came to the city to escape slavery.
During the Civil War, the Union military governor in charge of Alexandria, Virginia, established a cemetery to be used by African Americans who came to the city to escape slavery. Some 1800 freedmen were eventually buried there, but the property became neglected and in the 1950s a gas station was built on the site. The cemetery was “re-discovered” in the late 20th century, and the city has investigated the history and archeology of the property. close
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