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Explore Alexandria's Black History and Culture

Celebrate Black History Month and honor Alexandria's African American heritage year-round.

From a self-taught mathematician who mapped out the nation’s capital to abolitionist sisters who partnered with Frederick Douglass to the first Black player in the NBA, African American changemakers have shaped the history of Alexandria, VA and the United States. Minutes from D.C. and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Alexandria offers tours, markers and more to lead you through (largely outdoor) sites and stories both harrowing and hopeful. Grab your face mask and start exploring Alexandria’s Black history and cultural experiences for a better understanding of today.

Essential Black History Experiences
Take a Driving Tour Discover Alexandria’s wealth of African American historic sites by taking this eight-site abbreviated driving tour. Start Exploring ›
8 New and Must-Do Black History Experiences Explore new tours and markers and discover the African American changemakers who have shaped the history of Alexandria and the U.S. Learn More ›
Join a Guided Cultural Heritage Tour Explore Alexandria’s extensive African American history through curated heritage tours presented by Manumission Tour Company. Learn More ›
Walk the Duke Street Black History Trail Duke Street is rich with historical significance, embedded with hidden narratives and plenty of plaques for the eagle-eyed passerby. Explore More ›
Explore Alexandria’s Black History Museum TEMPORARILY CLOSED - Originally the segregated library for African American residents, the museum documents the contributions of Black America. Learn More ›
See Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies Olalekan Jeyifous' piece links Alexandria's industrial port economy with the labor of free and enslaved African Americans. Learn More ›
African American Heritage Trail Trace Alexandria’s past with a riverside ramble. Pull up the StoryMap on your phone as you walk the 11-stop trail, beginning at Waterfront Park and… Learn More ›
Discover Must-See Historic Sites Alexandria has been a city steeped in African American history since its founding in 1749. Learn More ›

Discover Black-Owned Businesses

Loving Marker
Contraband and Freedmen's Cemetery

  Historic Sites & Attractions