Resources for the Study of Alexandria's African American History

Explore these books, brochures and lesson plans to learn more about the history of Alexandria's African American community.

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Resources for the Study of Alexandria's African American Community

Our town's history includes a vibrant free black population dating to the 18th century, one of the largest slave trading operations, and America's first Sit-Down Strike in the early days of the Civil Rights movement. Read an introduction to the history of Alexandria's African American community, and learn more with the resources listed below.

General History

 

Early Free Black Neighborhoods

  • Cressey, Pamela J. To Witness the Past: African American Archaeology in Alexandria, Virginia. Exhibit Catalogue. Alexandria Archaeology Publications, 1993. (Contact the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to review this catalogue.)
  • Cressey, Pamela J. The Archaeology of Free Blacks in Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria Archaeology Publications, No. 19, 1985. (Contact the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to review this document.)
  • Cressey, Pamela J. An Enduring Afro-American Neighborhood: An Archaeological Perspective from Alexandria, Virginia, Black Heritage, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 1-10, 1980. (Contact the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to review this document.)

 

Churches

 

Slavery in Alexandria

The Slave Pen, 1315 Duke Street

The Bruin Slave Jail, 1701 Duke Street

 

The Civil War

Contrabands and Freemen Cemetery

Black Soldiers in the Civil War

Black Neighborhoods after the Civil War

The Fort Neighborhood

Management and Interpretive Plan for Fort Ward Park and Historic Site

Interpretive Signage and Brochure

Facebook page   

Oral History transcriptions

Archaeological Reports

Other Neighborhoods

Immune Regiments in the Spanish American War

Lynchings and the Equal Justice Initiative 

Education and the Parker-Gray School

Civil Rights: Samuel Tucker and America’s First Sit-Down Strike

The Ramsey Homes and Public Housing 


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