Contrabands & Freedmen Cemetery Memorial 5th Anniversary Celebration

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Contrabands & Freedmen Cemetery Memorial 5th Anniversary Celebration

September 13-15, 2019

Freedmen Cemetery LogoParticipate in the 5th Anniversary of the Dedication of Alexandria’s Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial. This moving and educational weekend event includes a Friday evening opening address with local Contraband historian Char McCargo Bah. Other events include: a morning wreath-laying at the site, a luncheon to honor descendant families with a keynote address by National Park Service Superintendent of Fort Monroe National Monument, Terry E. Brown, a curated bus tour of  Alexandria’s African American heritage sites, and an evening candlelight vigil at the memorial.

Hotel room blocks are available at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town and Hilton Alexandria Old Town. New merchandise created for the anniversary will be for sale at the Alexandria Black History Museum and at the Lee Center during events.

A private descendant only tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be offered on Sunday, September 15 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

For more information about the memorial, visit alexandriava.gov/FreedmenMemorial.

Descendant Events

Contrabands and Freedemen Cemetery Memorial Dedication (2014) Descendants are encouraged to register for the “Descendant Weekend Package.” Registration is $100, with tickets available at The Alexandria Shop. An early bird discount is offered for those registering before August 9th. Several events are free to the public and do not require advance reservation. These include the Friday evening lecture, the Saturday wreath laying, and the Saturday Candlelight Vigil. Tickets and pre-registration are required for the Saturday Luncheon and Saturday Bus Tour. 

View the Descendant Events schedule for program details, location of events, and shuttle bus information.

Friday, September 13

  • Open House, noon - 4 p.m.
  • Opening Program, 6:30 p.m.
  • Lecture: Alexandria's Freedmen's Cemetery, A Legacy of Freedom. By historian Char McCargo Bah, followed by reception and book signing, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 14

  • Wreath Laying Ceremony, 10:30 a.m.
  • Luncheon and Program, noon - 2 p.m.
    Keynote address by Terry E. Brown, National Park Service Superintendent of Fort Monroe National Monument. 
    The History of Caroline Branham: The Power of the Pinecone,  by ZSun-nee Miller-Matema, Historical Interpreter.
  • Bus Tour of Alexandria African American Sites, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Freedom House Museum
    Fort Ward Museum
    Virginia Theological Seminary
  • Candlelight Vigil at Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 15

  • Private Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, 8:00 a.m. (Limited to first 50 registrants).

Public Events

Contrabands and Freedemen Cemetery (L Barnes, ACVA)Several events are free to the public and do not require advance reservation.  These include the Friday evening lecture, the Saturday wreath laying, and the Saturday Candlelight Vigil.  

View the Public Events schedule for program details and location of events.

Friday, September 13

  • Lecture: Alexandria's Freedmen's Cemetery, A Legacy of Freedom. By historian Char McCargo Bah, followed by reception and book signing, 7:00 p.m. Free event, doors open at 6:30.

Saturday, September 14

  • Wreath Laying Ceremony, 10:30 a.m.
  • Luncheon and Program, noon - 2 p.m.
    Ticketed event, $65. Public Luncheon tickets available online starting September 14.
    Keynote address by  Terry E. Brown, National Park Service Superintendent of Fort Monroe National Monument. 
    The History of Caroline Branham: The Power of the Pinecone,  by ZSun-nee Miller-Matema, Historical Interpreter.
  • Bus Tour of Alexandria African American Sites, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Ticketed event, $35. Public Bus Tour tickets available online starting September 14.
    Freedom House Museum
    Fort Ward Museum
    Virginia Theological Seminary
  • Candlelight Vigil at Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, 8:30 p.m.

Hotel Block Information 

Blocks of rooms have been reserved for Descendant families at two convenient Alexandria hotels.

Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Hilton group reservation link.

Group Name: ALEXANDRIA BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM ROOM BLOCK
Group Code: SXB
Check-in: 13-SEP-2019
Check-out: 16-SEP-2019
Hotel Name: Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Hotel Address: 1767 King Street
  Alexandria, Virginia
  22314
Phone Number: 703-647-2040

 
Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Embassy Suites Group Reservation Link

Group Name: ALEXANDRIA BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM ROOM BLOCK
Group Code: SXB
Check-in: 13-SEP-2019
Check-out: 15-SEP-2019
Hotel Name: Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Hotel Address: 1900 Diagonal Road
  Alexandria, Virginia
  22314
Phone Number: 703-647-2040

   


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