African American History

Nestled between the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and George Washington’s Mount Vernon with its groundbreaking exhibition, “Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon,” Alexandria is the perfect place to stay to explore the region’s rich African-American history. Plus, Alexandria itself is 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 and from Civil Rights to today. Visitors can experience the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and visit Mount Vernon to learn of the personal stories of Mount Vernon’s enslaved people and view more than 350 artifacts, objects and historic records, then return to Alexandria to 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 9 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 ›
African-American History Tours Explore Alexandria’s rich African-American history through curated heritage tours. Learn More ›
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 ›
Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Experience a memorial park that commemorates free and escaped African-American men, women and children. Learn More ›
Must-See Sites Experience history come to life in a range of remarkable sites. See More ›
Inside Look Take an inside look into Alexandria's history with the director of the Black History Museum. Learn More ›
Events Celebrate African American achievement all year long. Find Events ›