African American History

Alexandria, Virginia, offers an important chronicles of the African American experience:

  • The Freedom House, now a museum, once housed the country’s largest domestic slave trading company, made infamous in the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave
  • The Bruin Slave Jail, though not open to the public, is one of the sites that informed Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The Alexandria Black History Museum, originally the segregated library for Alexandria's African-American residents, documents local and national history of Black America.

At museums, cemeteries and Civil War sites throughout Alexandria, explore the complexity of African American History from the 1700s through the 1960s era of civil rights.

Inside Look Take an inside look into Alexandria's history with the director of the Black History Museum Learn More ›
Courageous Journey Walk through the rich and bountiful timeline of African-American history with this self-guided tour through Alexandria Read More ›
Must See Sites Experience history come to life in a range of remarkable sites See More ›
Freedmen Cemetery Experience a new memorial park that commemorates free and escaped African-American men, women and children Learn More ›
Freedom House Learn about one of the largest slave pens in the country and Alexandria's connection to the movie 12 Years a Slave Learn More ›
Events Celebrate African American achievement all year long. Find Events ›