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.
Audrey P. Davis has been appointed Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum. She has worked at the museum for 21 years, serving as Acting Director since July 2012. She is a past president of the Alexandria Historical Society and the Virginia Association of Museums, and served on the board of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy from 2004 through 2010.
A three-part film series, Created Equal, is co-presented by the Humanities Council of Washington DC, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the Alexandria Black History Museum and sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
The film Freedom Riders will be presented by the Alexandria Black History Museum this fall. Slavery by Another Name will be presented by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities/Institute for Historical Biology at William & Mary.
The first film in this series, The Loving Story was screened on June 19 at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. This film told the story of Loving v. Loving, the landmark Civil Rights case that ended anti-miscegenation laws that banned interracial marriage. The case was argued in the Supreme Court by Alexandria attorney Bernard S. Cohen, later a member of the Virginia legislature.
Dedication Ceremony, Saturday September 6, 2014.
"The Journey to be Free: Descendants Returning Home to Alexandria." If you missed the special March 5 performance, we hope to repeat this event during the Dedication week.
Construction of the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial has been proceeding steadily, and the project is almost completed, with only some minor replacements of trees and shrubs to go. The grass on the site is now growing thick and should be in perfect shape by the time of the September 6 dedication ceremony. All stone and artwork has been installed and inspirational inscriptions have been etched in stone blocks and bronze panels as necessary. Explore photo galleries of the construction, and read more about the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial history, archaeology of the site, and commemoration ceremonies.
Freedmen's Cemetery Ornament: The ornament commemorates the 150th anniversary of the cemetery’s first burial and the memorial’s official opening in September, 2014.The ornament depicts Mario Chiodo’s passionate statue, The Path of Thorns and Roses, framed by the memorial’s arched entranceway. As the centerpiece of the memorial, the statue depicts the allegoric figures of Oppression, Struggle, Sacrifice, Loss, Compassion, and Hope. Available for $18.00 from Alexandria's museum shops and online from The Alexandria Shop.
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