Explore Alexandria's Black History and Culture

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From a self-taught mathematician who mapped out the nation’s capital to abolitionist sisters who partnered with Frederick Douglass to the first Black player in the NBA, African American changemakers have shaped the history of Alexandria, VA and the United States. Minutes from D.C. and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Alexandria offers tours, markers and more to lead you through (largely outdoor) sites and stories both harrowing and hopeful. Grab your face mask and start exploring Alexandria’s Black history and cultural experiences for a better understanding of today.

National Historic Landmark Reopening Memorial Day Weekend

Freedom House Museum

The museum features three new exhibitions showcasing Alexandria’s Black history and the Black experience in America. Learn about the experiences of the enslaved and free Black people who lived in—and were trafficked through—Alexandria, plus stories from the Civil Rights Movement and more.

Advance ticket reservations highly recommended.

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Historical Sites & Attractions

*While this installation’s run at Waterfront Park has ended as planned, you can find it for a limited time near...
1609 Cameron Street
“Truths that Rise from the Roots Remembered” is the name of the bronze tree sculpture here that honors the contributions...
Holland Lane between Duke St. & Eisenhower Ave.
Step right into the museum’s laboratory where archaeologists reconstruct Alexandria’s history, fragment by fragment. The museum’s exhibits highlight the process...
105 N. Union Street, Torpedo Factory Art Center Third Floor, #327
Between 1864 and 1869, the Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery served as the burial place for about 1,800 African Americans who...
1001 S. Washington Street
Shiloh Baptist Church has been pointing souls to a better religious, social, and economic life since its beginning in 1863.
1429 Duke Street
Originally the segregated library for Alexandria’s African American residents, the museum documents the local and national history, culture and contributions...
902 Wythe Street
One of 12 sites created and dedicated by President Lincoln in 1862 to serve as military burial grounds. The cemetery...
1450 Wilkes Street
Nine enslaved African-Americans lived and worked at Carlyle House in 1780. Their names were Jerry, Joe, Cook, Penny, Charles, Sibreia,...
121 N. Fairfax Street
Fort Ward is the best preserved of the extensive network of Union forts and batteries known as the Civil War...
4301 W. Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22304
Freedom House Museum at 1315 Duke Street reopened in spring 2022 with three new exhibitions showcasing Alexandria’s Black history and...
1315 Duke Street

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