The mission of the Black History Museum is to enrich the lives of Alexandria's residents and visitors, to foster tolerance and understanding among all cultures and to stimulate appreciation of the diversity of the African American experience. The institutional complex is composed of the Museum, the Watson Reading Room, and the Alexandria African American Heritage Park.
The Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial was officially opened on September 6, 2014. Learn about the
Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial
history and archaeology of the site, view the extensive news coverage of the commemoration ceremonies, and watch short videos about the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial on
, of interviews with Char McCargo Bah, Audrey Davis and Francine Bromberg.
Visit Fort Ward Park to see new historic signage highlighting the post-Civil War African American community known as The Fort. A copy of
The Fort Heritage Trail Brochure
is available online.
This community is the focus of an effort by the Office of Historic Alexandria to study and preserve the post-Civil War historic resources of Fort Ward Park. Archaeological excavations in the park, historical research, and oral histories highlight our growing knowledge of this community. Learn about the
Stakeholder Advisory Group
, and about
archaeological and historical research, including reports on excavations, transcriptions of oral history interviews with former residents.
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and
Nationality Act and the Civil Rights MovementJoin the Alexandria
Black History Museum and the 1882 Foundation as they host a week of
activities commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and
Nationality Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Movement. All events are
free and open to the public. Activities begin
Saturday, September 26, at 2:00 pm, with an opening reception at the Alexandria
Black History Museum (ABHM). Special remarks will be made by Professor
Janelle Wong, Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University
News coverage of the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial dedication.
Watch short videos about the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial on Comcast Newsmakers:
Yolanda Vazquez sits down with Char McCargo Bah, professional genealogist, to talk about the celebration. (July 22, 2014)
American Alliance of MuseumsAccredited Museum
Alexandria Black History Museum902 Wythe StreetAlexandria, Virginia 22314Phone: 703.746.4356Fax: 703.706.3999Email
Museum Hours:Tuesday - Saturday10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Admission - $2.00
Office Hours:Tuesday - Saturday9 a.m. to 5 p.m.by appointment only