Alexandria's African American Heritage.
Alexandria's rich African-American history is full of of hope, tragedy,and courage; especially during the Civil War . Thousands of African-Americans escaping the bonds of slavery fled to Union-occupied Alexandria. Freedom and employment awaited some but Alexandria was ill-prepared for the sheer numbers of people seeking a safe haven from slavery; many contraband, as the freedmen were officially known, arrived to poverty and rampant disease. The PBS series Mercy Street draws upon the real-life stories of Civil War era African-Americans;new exhibits tell the fascinating story of Alexandria's contraband as they claimed their freedom from slavery during the tumultuous years of the Civil War.
By Brianna Simmons, AFAR Local Expert
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