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Freedom House in the News
- City of Alexandria Completes Purchase of Freedom House to Preserve Historic Museum. On March 25, the City of Alexandria completed the purchase of the Freedom House Museum from the Northern Virginia Urban League (NVUL). This purchase will allow the City to preserve and interpret this National Historic Landmark and ensure it is open to the public for future generations.
- City of Alexandria to Purchase Freedom House to Preserve Historic Museum. The City of Alexandria and the Northern Virginia Urban League (NVUL) reached an agreement on December 31 for the City to purchase the Freedom House Museum in order to preserve and interpret this National Historic Landmark for future generations. City of Alexandria News Release, January 6, 2020.
- Alexandria plans to buy Freedom House, former slave pen now a museum. by Patricia Sullivan, The Washington Post, January 6, 2020.
- They were once America's cruelest, richest slave traders. Why does no one know their names ? By Hannah Natanson, The Washington Post, September 23, 2019.
- City of Alexandria Awarded National Trust for Historic Preservation Grant to Support Freedom House Museum. Alexandria has received a $50,000 planning grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. City of Alexandria New Release, July 6, 2018.
- Alexandria council loans $63,000 to stabilize slave-trading museum, by Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, February 13, 2018. The Alexandria City Council unanimously agreed to make a $63,000 interest-free loan and donate the time and talents of city historians to help save a financially struggling museum housed on the site of the largest slave-trading operation in the pre-Civil War United States.
- Alexandria council to vote on rescue plan for Freedom House slavery museum, by Patricia Sullivan, The Washington Post, February 12, 2018.
- ‘Like we descended from Hitler’: Coming to terms with a slave-trading past, by Patricia Sullivan, The Washington Post, February 8, 2018 describes how descendants of the slave trader Isaac Franklin tried to make amends in Alexandria, VA.
Lesson Plan for Teachers
- "A Loathsome Prison:” Slave Trading in Antebellum Alexandria is a lesson plan for teachers.
Archaeological Site Reports
The Alexandria Slave Pen, 1315 Duke Street (Freedom House Museum)
- Artemel, Janice G., Elizabeth A. Crowell and Jeff Parker. The Alexandria Slave Pen: The Archaeology of Urban Captivity. Engineering-Science, Inc., Washington, D.C., 1987 (Archaeological Site Report, 44AX75)
- Traum, Sarah, Joseph Balicki and Brian Corle. A Documentary Study, Archeological Evaluation and Resource Management Plan for 1323 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia. John Milner Associates, Inc., Alexandria, VA., 2007
The Bruin Slave Jail, 1701 Duke Street
- Kraus, Lisa, John Bedell and Charles LeeDecker. Archaeology of the Bruin Slave Jail (Site 44AX0172). The Louis Berger Group, Inc., Washington, D.C., 2010. Public Summary (Archaeological Site Report, 44AX172)
- Resources for the Study of Alexandria's African American History
- Slaves in the Alexandria Jail, 1861. This article, from the National Republican of January 20, 1862, was taken from a letter addressed to Massachusetts’ anti-slavery Senator Henry Wilson. It expresses outrage at the poor conditions and inhumanity of treatment of slaves in the Alexandria Jail, even under federal occupation. (Courtesy, Friends of Freedmen’s Cemetery)