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Community Open House

 Living Legends of Alexandria: African American Activists
& African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia:
Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century Book Signing

Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street

The Alexandria Black History Museum will host a Community Open House on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m.

/uploadedImages/historic/info/blackhistory/ABHMBook.JPGThis Open House will feature a discussion of the exhibition Living Legends of Alexandria: African American Activists.  Join the Living Legends past and present, organization founder Nina Tisara, and Living Legends Board members for light refreshments, a chance to see the exhibition, and opportunity to learn how to nominate a Legend.

This event will also feature a book signing for African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century, written by Char McCargo Bah, Christa Watters, Audrey P. Davis, Gwendolyn Brown-Henderson, and James E. Henson, Sr.  This new book chronicles the history of African Americans who were agents of change in Alexandria during the twentieth century.  Among those featured in this book are Rutherford Adkins, who became one of the first black fighter pilots as a Tuskegee Airman, and Samuel W. Tucker, a young lawyer who committed his life to the struggle for civil rights.  Guests will be able to hear from some of the book’s authors and purchase signed copies.  Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the Alexandria Black History Museum.

The Alexandria Black History Museum is located at 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, in the Parker-Gray Historic District.  The Museum is five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow or Blue lines. Street parking is available. For more information, please visit

Office of Historic Alexandria 

Administration Offices

Lloyd House
220 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6451

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.