It's Spring2ACTion -- Support Freedom House Museum
April 28, 2021
Thank you for participating!
Thank you for participating in this year’s Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s annual day of charitable giving. With your support, we raised $16,925 from 186 donors to fund new exhibitions at the site. We appreciate your generous donations and support for this important national landmark.
Historic Alexandria is committed to bearing witness to the complex history that occurred at this site. Expanding our understanding and interpretation of the domestic slave trade and its lasting impact on our community and nation continues with the development of these new exhibits.
Our work at Freedom House is just beginning. As we continue our research, fundraising, and restoration plans, we hope that you will continue to follow us on our journey.
In the future, we plan to hold quarterly community conversations to share our latest research news, plans for exhibits, and to hear your thoughts as we develop a vision for site interpretation. While the COVID-19 crisis has slowed our Freedom House work, our commitment remains robust. Look for This Week in Historic Alexandria for updates on our progress.
While we cannot be together, we remain stronger apart. Thank you again for your support! Be well.
During Spring2ACTion on April 28, 2021, we shared about new exhibits, community support for this museum, and new research from our staff over Facebook and other Social Media. These new exhibits center the lives of the enslaved and newly freed, an important first step towards reckoning with Alexandria's involvement in the domestic slave trade. By understanding our past, we can work towards social equity and build a better Alexandria for all. Join us as we work to share the full history of Alexandria for all by donating at Spring2ACTion.
This year, Historic Alexandria is raising money for Freedom House Museum to share the history of not only the site, but the larger African American story of Alexandria. The National Historic Landmark, located at 1315 Duke Street, was "ground zero" for the domestic slave trade in the Chesapeake region. Your Spring2ACTion donation directly supports new exhibitions being developed for three floors of the building, broadening the stories told. By understanding our past, we can work towards social equity and build a better Alexandria for all. To help us do that, over the past 12 months, Historic Alexandria has been improving the Freedom House Museum building: ADA-compliant bathrooms, fully operational elevator, new HVAC system, and gallery space opened across three floors. We are seeking funds during Spring2ACTion to complete these exhibition galleries. Staff hope to reopen the Museum by the fall.
Over the past 11 years of Spring2ACTion, Historic Alexandria Museums have raised funds to support the restoration of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum’s historic Ice Well, conservation of the first ship excavated from the Alexandria waterfront, restoration of the 1858 Hose Reel, and other important Alexandria artifacts and programs.
Behind the Scenes
Take a peak at the video below for behind the scenes at some of the exciting work going on at the Freedom House Museum!
Why Freedom House is Worth Preserving
Listen as members of the community express their support for Freedom House Museum.
"...[this site] encourages us to speak truth to power and delve deeper to confront the hard, honest truths about race, class, and equity in this country."
-- Mayor Justin Wilson
Building a Structure's History
Learn more about the detective work behind reconstructing 1315 Duke Street's history. Get a video sneak peak of how Dr. Ben Skolnik combed through images, documents, + the archaeological record to better understand the development of the site. More information.
Exhibit Design Concept
From the Design Concept document.