The Legacy of George Floyd: Documenting Alexandria’s Response and the Black Lives Remembered Collection

Historic Alexandria launched a collecting initiative in 2020 and the donations received led to the creation of a new collection at the Alexandria Black History Museum.

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The Legacy of George Floyd:
Documenting Alexandria’s Response and the Black Lives Remembered Collection

Vigil at Charles Houston, June 4, 2020

Read statements from Audrey Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum 

The City of Alexandria supports the peaceful expression of community concerns, and many City leaders have  spoken out in solidarity. Peaceful vigils, protests and other events took place in Alexandria during the first week in June, following the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

With the murder of George Floyd, the continued push for racial equity in America reached a breaking point. Millions of people in the United States and around the world are demanding that institutions and political leaders address the disparity in treatment of African Americans. Since the dawn of American slavery in 1619, African Americans have fought for freedom, citizenship and equality in daily life. The frustration, sadness and anger of Americans is evident. Millions have chosen to protest and speak out for the right of everyone to live free of fear of police brutality, and to achieve equity in employment, health care and education. This current movement has the power to enact change for many.

The mission of history museums is to document and preserve our history accurately, so that all may learn from it. The Office of Historic Alexandria through the Alexandria Black History Museum wants to document your stories from this incredible moment in American history. Please consider donating your protest placards, your buttons, stickers, artwork and t-shirts. We hope you will also work with us to tell your stories through our Oral History Program. Please read below for more information on how to donate and share your views. 

Preserving Their Names: An Online Exhibition

Preserving Their Names is the new online exhibition showing objects and digital photographs from the Alexandria Black History Museum’s Black Lives Remembered Collection. Illustrated with material donated via The Legacy of George Floyd Collecting Initiative, the exhibition documents some of the ways the local community responded to the tragic murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. New submissions to the collecting initiative are still received here.

Preserving Their Names Exhibit

The Black Lives Remembered Collection

Black Lives Matter mask and pinsThe Alexandria Black History Museum is dedicated to not only collecting the story of Alexandria’s past, but also documenting its present for future generations. Following the tragic murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, the Alexandria Black History Museum put out a call to the community to record their feelings, thoughts, artwork, photographs, and objects that would help us to document the legacy of the Alexandria community’s response to this tragedy and the wave of peaceful protests and vigils that followed. The objects and digital photographs that we received from the local community form the basis of the Museum’s new Black Lives Remembered Collection.

The Black Lives Remembered Collection can now be viewed at Historic Alexandria Collections Online.

The Museum is still actively seeking donations for the Black Lives Remembered Collection, especially objects such as signs and posters. You can use the online form or contact the Museum directly at 703.746.4356.

Share Your Story

Marching on King Street, June 5, 2020Share your reaction, stories and experiences about living or working in Alexandria during these events. How has the death of George Floyd and the subsequent national and local events affected your life and that of your family? Did you participate in the peaceful vigils, protests, marches or other events in Alexandria? As a resident of Alexandria, were you moved to join the protests in DC? How have you been able to help others? How have others helped you? What have you noticed that is different about Alexandria?

Do you have signs, flyers, artwork, objects or photographs that can help us document our community’s response?

At this time, we ask that you hold on to objects that may be considered for future acquisition, but you may submit images which will help our curatorial staff select representative items from all sectors of the Alexandria community. Objects accepted for donation will not be collected until sometime after the museums are once again open to the public, following the stay-at-home orders related to the Pandemic.

Please fill out this form to share your story, and to share information about objects that you are interested in donating to the museums. 

Use this form to share your story!

You can attach up to five items to the survey, if you wish. 

  • Your original writings (Word or PDF)
  • Your original drawings/artwork (JPG, PNG or PDF)
  • Your original photographs (JPG or PNG)
  • Your original short videos (provide link to YouTube, or submit files up to 16 MB.
  • Photographs of objects, for consideration for acquisition (JPG or PNG) 

Oral History: The Alexandria Legacy Project

Would you like to be interviewed by our Oral History team? If you indicate on the form that you are willing to be interviewed, our staff will review the information that you submitted for consideration for an interview. We regret that we cannot interview everyone who might be interested. We will attempt to select stories that are representative of different segments of the community. See  Oral History: The Alexandria Legacies Project for more information.

African American History and Social Justice in Alexandria

The Alexandria Black History Museum is closed due to the  Covid-19 pandemic, but we hope you will visit our website and our Alexandria Community Remembrance Project web page to learn more about  Alexandria’s African American history and social justice in the City. We will look forward to seeing you soon in person. 

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