7. Freedom House Museum / Northern Virginia Urban League – 1315 Duke Street
The building served as headquarters for one of the largest slave-trading companies in the country. The Northern VA Urban League, whose headquarters is also here, developed the Freedom House Museum at the site to preserve the story of thousands of men, women and children who passed through this place. In the stunning true story told in the major motion picture 12 Years a Slave, free Black man Solomon Northup is kidnapped and sold into slavery, where he subsequently spends an agonizing twelve years in captivity. James Burch (Birch), the DC-based slave dealer responsible for selling the real Northup into slavery, would go on to become one of the last owners of one of the largest slave trading companies in the country, Franklin and Armfield in Alexandria, from 1859 to 1861.