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Alexandria Black History Museum

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.

902 Wythe St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
+1 703-746-4356
Tue - Sat 10am - 4pm