As our readers are well aware, the City of Alexandria will officially dedicate the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, presenting visitors with the newest way to experience Alexandria’s extraordinary African-American heritage. The dedication happens this Saturday, September 6. There are several events this week leading up to the dedication on Saturday.
Today, September 5, there is the following:
- 10:30 a.m. Alexandria Civil War Neighborhoods-South, Alexandria National Cemetery* 2-hour Walking Tour with Pamela Cressey, Ph.D. Tour starts in front of Dutch Treat Deli, 1800 Diagonal Road, in front of King Street Metro Station
- 10:30 a.m. Alexandria Civil War Neighborhoods-South, Alexandria National Cemetery* – lecture/presentation by Lance Mallamo, OHA Director Alexandria Black History Museum (902 Wythe Street)
- 2 p.m. Archaeology at Freedmen’s Cemetery – lecture/presentation by Steven Shephard, Ph.D – Event @ Alexandria Black History Museum (902 Wythe Street)
- *** 7 to 8:00 p.m. Musical Performance – Journey to be Free: Descendants Returning to Alexandria narrated by C.R. Gibbs, Historian with the The Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel Choir – Ned L. Lewis, Conductor – Event @ Lee Center (1108 Jefferson Street)
- 8:30 p.m. Candlelight Vigil & Short Ceremony From Lee Center to Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial Church and South Washington Streets
Saturday, September 6, there is the following event:
- 10 a.m. Memorial Dedication ** Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial – Church and South Washington Streets
Public parking will be available the at Jones Point Park parking lot at the end of South Royal Street, south of Green Street, starting at 9 a.m. Shuttles will transport guests to the dedication site and return guests to Jones Point Park lot starting at 12 noon.
*** Click this link to register for the musical performance Lee Center
Public parking will be available at St. Mary’s School parking lot at the end of South Royal Street, just south of Green Street, starting at 6 p.m. Shuttles will transport guests first to the Lee Center, then to the Candlelight Vigil at Freedmen’s Cemetery after the musical performance, and then return guests to St. Mary’s School parking lot after the short ceremony at Freedmen’s Cemetery.