African American History

The highly anticipated Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall in September 2016. Shortly thereafter, Mount Vernon’s groundbreaking exhibition, “Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon,” opened, focusing on the personal stories of Mount Vernon’s enslaved people with more than 350 artifacts, objects and historic records.

Nestled between these two sites on the Potomac River waterfront is historic Alexandria, a city steeped in African-American history since its founding in 1749. To walk through the streets of Alexandria is to walk through America’s timeline of African-American history from colonial times to the Civil War to Civil Rights.

Today, visitors discover the stories of African-Americans who shaped Alexandria and America by exploring a historically rich collection of sites.

Key to the City Museum pass includes 8 historic sites plus a 40% discount at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Start Exploring ›
Driving Tour of African American Sites Here’s a 10-site abbreviated driving tour to get you started on your exploration of Alexandria’s wealth of African American historic sites. Explore ›
Lives Bound Together Visitors can get an inside look at how intertwined the lives of the Washingtons were with those of the enslaved. Explore 4,400 square feet of… Learn More ›
6 Alexandria Sites that Complement National Museum of… Alexandria has been a city steeped in African American history since its founding in 1749. Discover ›
Inside Look Take an inside look into Alexandria's history with the director of the Black History Museum. Learn More ›
Must-See Sites Experience history come to life in a range of remarkable sites. See More ›
Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Experience a 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 ›