Inmates Attend Black History Month Program

Inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center recently took part in a special Black History Month program organized by Inmate Services staff.

Page updated on Feb 26, 2018 at 10:10 AM

2018 ASO Black History MonthOn Thursday, February 22, inmates attended an hour-long program exploring the 1939 sit-in at the Alexandria Library, a key event in Alexandria’s and the country’s civil rights history. First, inmates read a display about important people in African American history, and also saw an exhibit (right), courtesy of the Alexandria Library, that examined the sit-in and its organizer, attorney Samuel W. Tucker.

Then (below) they viewed “Out of Obscurity,” a documentary that showed how Tucker and the sit-in challenged racial segregation of public facilities, 15 years before Rosa Parks was arrested in Alabama for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.

Throughout the year, inmates have the opportunity to attend and participate in holiday and cultural programs that explore the arts, heritage and diversity.

2018 Black History Month Program