Alexandria Black History Museum presents the exhibit "The Journey to Be Free: Self-emancipation and Alexandria's Contraband Heritage," extended through March 2016.
During the Civil War, thousands of African Americans escaping slavery sought refuge behind Union lines in Alexandria, Virginia. The fugitives found freedom in Alexandria, but also a city under siege. The influx overwhelmed the city. Rampant disease and deprivation took their toll on the freedmen. A cemetery was created for those who had survived slavery, but did not live long in freedom. "The Journey to Be Free" shows the legacy of Alexandria's Contraband community and the amazing story of their burial ground that was lost and rediscovered.