City of Alexandria, VA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2008
City of Alexandria Announces Freedmen’s Cemetery Design Competition Winners
The City of Alexandria is pleased to announce the winners of the Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial Design Competition today. Alexandria architect C.J. Howard won first place honors in the Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial Design Competition. In addition to receiving a $10,000 first place prize, Howard’s winning design will be used as the framework for a detailed site design with a $1.5 to $2 million construction budget for the Cemetery Memorial. C. J. Howard developed the winning design to “venerate those who are buried at the site, as well as to acknowledge the site’s historical background.”
"The City of Alexandria is proud to name C.J. Howard of Alexandria as the winner of the Freedmen's Cemetery Design Competition,” said Alexandria William D. Euille. “Mr. Howard has developed a winning design will be a fitting tribute to those who escaped slavery, and will be a lasting memorial for generations to come.”
Design finalists were displayed for public comment in June. A final decision was made by the Freedmen’s Design Steering Committee, which included members from the Friends of Freedmen’s Cemetery, Historical Alexandria Resources Commission, Alexandria Archaeological Commission, Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Alexandria Historical Society, Arts Commission, Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, Old Town Hunting Creek Civic Association, Old Town Civic Association, the VDOT/FHWA project team, and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Neighborhood Task Force.
The second place winners are Santosh Dhamat, Elizabeth Eubank, Solvita Marriott, Tracy Revis of Howard & Revis Design Services located in Washington, D.C. The third place winners are Paul Simon & Regan Harrold of Beals and Thomas, Inc. located in Southborough, MA. All design winners will receive a cash award and be recognized at the Alexandria City Council’s regular legislative meeting on Tuesday, September 23. For more information on the winning designs, visit alexandriava.gov/freedmens.