African American History

Africans Americans have been a major part of Alexandria since its founding in 1749. To walk through the streets of Alexandria you are walking through America’s timeline of African-American history from colonial times, to the Civil War, to Civil Rights. Today you can discover the stories of African Americans who shaped Alexandria and America at our many sites steeped in African American heritage. Alexandria is the site of one of the earliest sit-ins, in 1939. Alexandria’s African American Hall of Fame exhibit features Earl Lloyd, first African American to play in the NBA. Our city’s Civil War history caught the attention of PBS who launched the national drama series, Mercy Street.

Inside Look Take an inside look into Alexandria's history with the director of the Black History Museum Learn More ›
Self-Guided Tour The Courageous Journey brochure offers in-depth information about Alexandria’s many African American history sites with a helpful map. 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 ›
Events Celebrate African American achievement all year long. Find Events ›
Top 4 Mercy Street-Inspired Experiences for African American… Find empowering stories of African Americans in our top 4 Mercy Street inspired experiences Learn more ›