The Alexandria Black History Museum is the perfect setting for patrons interested in an intimate, historic setting with ethnic flair. Originally the segregated library for Alexandria's African-American residents, the museum documents the local and national history, culture and contributions of Alexandria's African-Americans.
The museum complex is comprised of two sites – the Alexandria Black History Museum and the adjacent Watson Reading Room. The former 1940 Robert H. Robinson Library is now a gallery space that houses the museum’s permanent exhibition Securing the Blessing of Liberty, which examines early African American life in Alexandria. The Parker-Gray Gallery, where receptions are held, has a continuing roster of rotating exhibitions.
The first floor of the Alexandria Black History Museum may be rented for receptions, meetings and programs. Maximum capacity for any event held in the museum is 120 persons. The Robert Robinson Gallery, the Parker-Gray Gallery and the lobby area comprise the rental space. A kitchen and rest rooms are located on the same floor. All space is handicapped accessible.
The Watson Reading Room is available for small lectures and meetings. The maximum seating capacity for this room is 40 persons and is also handicapped accessible.