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Alexandria Black History Museum
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Memorial sculptures at the African American Heritage ParkThe Alexandria African American Heritage Park

On June 17, 1995 the Norfolk Southern Corporation presented the Alexandria African American Heritage Park to the City of Alexandria. The 7.6 acre park is part of a mixed-use Carlyle Development and a satellite site for the Alexandria Black History Museum. The park was designed by nationally recognized landscape architectural firm EDAW, with memorial sculptures by Washington DC sculptor Jerome Meadows.


The park includes a one-acre 19th century African American cemetery. Of 21 burials on this site, six identified headstones remain and are in their original location. The park was designed to co-exist with the original landscape of the cemetery and preserves the interesting and varied plant life on this site.


The focal point of the park is a sculpture group of bronze trees called "Truths That Rise From the Roots Remembered." This formation acknowledges the contributions of African Americans to the growth of Alexandria. Other smaller sculptures throughout the park commemorate historic African American Neighborhoods and the people known and unknown buried on this site. A book stand in the park contains a visitors guide which identifies the names of African American citizens and sites etched on the sculptures. The memorial sculptures in the park are the creation of Washington, D.C. sculptor Jerome Meadows.


The park also sustains a wetland area that provides a home for mallards, painted turtles, beavers and crayfish in their natural habitat.

Visiting the Park

The park is located at 500 Holland Lane, on the east side of Holland Lane and just to the south of Duke Street. Park hours are from Dawn to Dusk. The park may be rented for events through the Alexandria Black History Museum.

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Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: 703.746.4356
Fax: 703.706.3999

Museum Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission - $2.00

Office Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
by appointment only