Freedmen's Cemetery Memorial Lecture at Beatley Central

Rows of grave shafts (outlines enhanced)To kick-off the Alexandria Freedmen's Memorial opening, Beatley Central Library and the Office of Historic Alexandria will co-host the enriching lecture, "Preserving Alexandria’s African American Heritage: The Development of Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial" on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. Francine Bromberg, Acting Director of Alexandria Archaeology and Audrey Davis, Acting Director of Alexandria Black History Museum will lead the lecture, unearthing details about the resting place for 1,800 African Americans who fled slavery during the Civil War and sought asylum in Alexandria, then occupied by Union forces. Guests will learn the history of the cemetery that was built in 1864 by Alexandria's military governor, the results of archaeological investigations of more than 600 protected graves, the Freedmen's contributions to our city, the legacy of freedom carried out by their descendants, and the story of how a community came together to build the memorial on South Washington Street. We hope that you join us for this lecture that commemorates the Civil War Sesquicentennial.