Emancipation Comes to Alexandria-April 7

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The Slave Pen at 1315 Duke Street, 1861Join Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, Inc. members and Alexandria Black History Museum staff as they host the “Emancipation Comes to Alexandria, Virginia” lecture on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Reservations are suggested for this free presentation, which continues Alexandria’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Please call the museum at 703.746.4356 to reserve your seat at The Alexandria Black History Museum, located at 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA. 

This program will focus upon the behind-the-scenes action that resulted in Alexandria, Virginia, becoming the capital of the Unionist government of Virginia and the actions then taken to ensure the emancipation of slaves in the City. In addition, there will be a reading of a “Proclamation” from the Mayor, which recognizes April 7, 2015 as the 151st anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in Alexandria. The lecture will show the importance of maintaining historical events in context.

Lecturer Char McCargo Bah is the CEO/Owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC. A genealogist since 1981, she is sought after for her expertise, having been interviewed for numerous television shows and documentaries, including those produced for CBS, FOX-5, Comcast, and PBS. She has also received numerous awards for her work and was named a Living Legend in Alexandria, Virginia in 2014. McCargo Bah served as the official genealogist for the Office of Historic Alexandria’s work in identifying descendants of those buried at the city’s Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery. She is co-author of African Americans of Alexandria, VA: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century.


For more information about this presentation and media inquiries, contact the Alexandria Black History Museum at 703.746.4356. 


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, email lance.mallamo@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4554, Virginia Relay 711.