Black History Month in Alexandria

Black History Month is an annual recognition and celebration of the history, achievements and contributions of African Americans and persons of African descent in U.S. history. The City of Alexandria invites the public to celebrate Black History Month through special events and activities at the Alexandria Black History Museum and tours of Freedom House Museum, throughout February.

Page updated on Feb 1, 2019 at 11:24 AM

At the Alexandria Black History Museum

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The Underground Railroad: An exhibition of 50 color photographs by Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales
January 28 - March 16, 2019
Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales has spent more than a decade meticulously researching “fugitive” slaves and the ways they escaped to freedom. Organized by: ExhibitsUSA.

An Outrage: A Documentary film on the History of Lynching in the American South
Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm 
Cost: $5.00 / fee must be paid on-line 
This award-winning documentary by filmmakers Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren examines lynching in the American South. A discussion led by Ms. Ayers and Mr. Warren follows the screening. Also learn about Alexandria’s Lynching history and the plan to receive a commemorative pillar from the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) highlighting the lynching death of two Alexandria men in the 1890s.

Henry’s Freedom Box - A True Story from the Underground Railroad
Story Time for Little Historians – for ages 3- 5 years old
Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:00 am 
$3.00 per person includes museum admission / fee must be paid on-line
Join us for a story and a craft in the museum. Parents must remain with children.
Henry dreams of a world where his life belongs to him. But when his family is sold, he risks everything for what he knows is right. With the strength and conviction of the best kind of hero, Henry makes a harrowing journey in a wooden crate – and mails himself to freedom! Based on a true story. 

African American Storytelling for Adults
Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm 
Cost: $5.00 / fee must be paid on-line 
Dylan Pritchett, a native of Williamsburg, Virginia, is dedicated to passing on the rich African oral tradition of storytelling. Join us for an evening African American stories that reflect serious issues facing African American culture from the past to the present. 

African American Storytelling for Families
Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm 
Cost: $5.00 / fee must be paid on-line
Dylan Pritchett, a native of Williamsburg, Virginia, is dedicated to passing on the rich African oral tradition of storytelling. Join us for an afternoon of African American Civil War stories. Appropriate for all ages.

Alexandria's Freedmen's Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Free
Join us for a lecture a book signing with professional genealogist, Char McCargo Bah as she examines the 19th century legacy of Alexandria’s Contraband (escaped slaves) Community. Bah documents the lives of the descendants who are buried in Alexandria’s Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial. 

African American Children’s Book Fair
Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:00 – 4:00 pm 
Free 

Interested in finding culturally appropriate books for your children? Visit the Museum for a book fair featuring authors who specialize in books for African American children and families. Organized by author J.D. Wright and the Alexandria Black History Museum.

School Daze Film Screening
Wednesday, February, 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm 
Free. Online Reservations strongly suggested
Enjoy a free screening of the Spike Lee movie School Daze. This event is cosponsored by the Alexandria Black History Museum and the City of Alexandria Office on the Arts. School Daze is rated R and may not be suitable for younger audiences. Free popcorn will be provided by Popped Republic. 

Screen Printing Activity for Families
Saturday February 23, 2019, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Free. Online Reservations strongly suggested.

Visit the Alexandria Black History Museum for a fun activity for families. Materials are limited, so reservations are encouraged via Office of Historic Alexandria website. This event is cosponsored by the Alexandria Black History Museum and the City of Alexandria Office on the Arts.


The Alexandria Black History Museum is located five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue Lines. Street parking is available. The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail the Museum or call 703.746.4356, Virginia Relay 711.

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