Alexandria Community Remembrance Project: Committees, Community Meetings and Public Programs

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama includes over 800 steel monuments, one for each county in the United States where a racial terror lynching took place. Their Community Remembrance Project invites jurisdictions to claim and install a copy of their monument. The City of Alexandria is committed to claiming Alexandria’s monument in partnership with EJI.

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Alexandria Community Remembrance Project: 
Committees, Community Meetings and Public Programs

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What is The Community Remembrance Project?

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama includes over 800 steel monuments, one for each county in the United States where a racial terror lynching took place. Their Community Remembrance Project invites jurisdictions to claim and install a copy of their monument. The City of Alexandria is committed to claiming Alexandria’s monument in partnership with EJI.

Learn More

  • Lynchings in Alexandria 
    Joseph McCoy, April 23, 1897
    Benjamin Thomas, August 8, 1899
  • 30-Day Challenge -- Alexandria EJI Edition
  • Alexandria in 1969: Police Violence, Race Relations, and a Call for Reform
  • Race and Equity in Alexandria: Reacting to the Death of George Floyd.
  • The Equal Justice Initiative
  • EJI's Community Remembrance Project
  • The Alexandria Pillar
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Lynchings in Alexandria
  • Social Justice Reading List

Public Programs

Community Remembrance Project Lecture Series

Civil Rights March in Washington, DCJoin us for a series of four free lectures with historian Susan Strasser supporting the Alexandria Community Remembrance Project. Susan Strasser is an award-winning historian and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. She has been praised by the New Yorker for "retrieving what history discards: The taken-for-granted minutiae of everyday life."

Please note that this lecture series is temporarily postponed. New dates will be announced.. 

  • "A White Historian Confronts Slavery." The Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum. 201 S. Washington Street.
  • With Poet Marcia Cole, "A White Historian Confronts Lynching." The Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson Street. 
  • "A White Historian Explores Black Voting Rights." The Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum. 201 S. Washington Street.
  • "A White Historian Confronts Residential Segregation. The Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum. 201 S. Washington Street.


Community Meetings 

Past Meetings

January 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m., Beth El Hebrew Congregation (3830 Seminary Rd.)


November 16, 2019
, 1 to 3 p.m., Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center (1108 Jefferson St.)


September 21, 2019,
1 to 3 p.m., Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St.)


Committees

Please note, all Committee Meetings are virtual until further notice. See calendar for dates and links.

Steering Committee

Special Ad Hoc Committee
Benjamin Thomas Lynching. Remembrance Planning Meetings
The Remembrance will take place on Saturday, August 8, on the anniversary of the lynching. The planning meetings will be Virtual. See the Calendar for Teams meeting link.

Public Outreach
Through Community outreach and civic engagement, broaden the exposure and reach of the ACRP.

  • POSTPONED Alexandria Black History Museum (902 Wythe Street)
    This meeting takes place monthly, on the second Tuesday.


Education and Programming

Provide educational and informational programming and resources for Alexandria’s youth and families about racial equity and social justice.

  • POSTPONED Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe Street)
    This meeting takes place monthly, on the first Monday.


Marketing

Create and implement a comprehensive marketing plan to increase visibility of the Alexandria Community Remembrance Project.

  • POSTPONED La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe (500 King St.)


Marker and Soil Collection

Investigate proper procedures and requirements to obtain the historical markers and recommend a process for the soil collection. Organize public ceremonies. 

  • Virtual Meeting September 10, 2020, 7 p.m.  Agenda, Meeting Video
  • POSTPONED Beth El Hebrew Congregation (3830 Seminary Road)


Research

Conduct research to establish facts pertaining to each lynching.

  • POSTPONED Alexandria Black History Museum (902 Wythe Street)


Fundraising

Pursue funding for ACRP programs, trips, and activities.

  • POSTPONED Lloyd House (220 N. Washington St.)


Public Pilgrimage to EJI

Lead trips to EJI’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • POSTPONED Beulah Baptist Church (320 S. Washington St.)

Photo Gallery

Alexandria Community Remembrance Project Informational Meeting, September 21, 2019

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