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For Immediate Release: June 13, 2013 

Charles Houston Recreation Center Photographic Mural, Hall of Fame to be Dedicated June 22

On Saturday, June 22, the City of Alexandria and the Charles Houston Ad-Hoc Hall of Fame Subcommittee will dedicate a Hall of Fame that honors Alexandria’s African American history makers, and a photographic mural that highlights key places in the city’s African American community, at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St. This free event begins at 2 p.m. with a reception, followed by the ceremony at 3 p.m.

The photographic mural and Hall of Fame are the work of the Charles Houston Ad-Hoc Hall of Fame Subcommittee, a group of Alexandrians, most of whom grew up in the city. The mural, which will be located at the Parker-Gray Way (Wythe St.) entrance of the Charles Houston Recreation Center, establishes the African American footprint in the city and celebrates neighborhoods, schools, churches and businesses vital to Alexandria’s African American community. The intent of the Hall of Fame is to honor and memorialize the achievements of African American history makers in Alexandria; document the contributions of Alexandria’s African American community to the city’s history; and foster appreciation for the diversity of the African American experience in the City of Alexandria. Sixty-four individuals have been chosen by the Subcommittee to appear in the Hall of Fame, and their names will be announced on June 22.

For more information, contact Jack Browand, Division Chief, Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities, at 703.746.5504.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Jack Browand at 703.746.5504 (Virginia Relay 711) or e-mail