New Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial Joins Alexandria’s African-American Heritage Sites August 22, 2014


Claire Mouledoux or 703-652-5367

New Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial
Joins Alexandria's African-American Heritage Sites

Alexandria, VA - On September 6, 2014, 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 new memorial park, featuring a powerful sculpture by artist Mario Chiodo and bas reliefs by Joanna Blake, commemorates the 1,700 free African-American men, women and children interred on its grounds after escaping bondage during the Civil War.

The dedication ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will feature period music, local church choirs, ceremonial bell ringing and a formal address. Several hundred descendants of those buried at the Cemetery have been located and many will be present for the dedication ceremony. The dedication caps three days of events featuring Alexandria's Civil War and African-American history.

Open throughout the year, the new memorial joins the city's abundance of African-American heritage sites and experiences that tell the story not only of Alexandria's African-American history, but America's story, from the Civil War to Civil Rights. From the Freedom House Museum to the Alexandria Black History Museum, plus self-guided walking tours and the comprehensive history guide A Remarkable and Courageous Journey, these thought-provoking experiences bring to light the remarkable contributions made by Alexandria's African-American community.

Find more about the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial events and Alexandria's African-American heritage activities at

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WHAT: Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial Dedication

WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 2014

TIME: 10 a.m.

WHERE: Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, 700 Church St., Alexandria, VA 22314



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