When the Freedmen Came to Alexandria #FlashbackFriday

by Lee Hernly, Editor

In honor of the Freedmen’s Memorial Dedication happening this week in Alexandria, Virginia, for this Flashback Friday posting, we look at the Freedmen’s Barracks in Alexandria. When the Freedmen moved to the Alexandria area, they moved in barracks and shantytowns hastily assembled in order to handle the sudden rise in population.

Any idea where these barracks might have been? There’s a fantastic historical overview on the history of Freedmen’s Cemetery which you can find at this link (PDF file).

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Jay September 5, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Photos like these are notoriously tough to identify and it would not surprise me if this was not even in Alexandria.
But good posting, to honor these brave folks.

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