3. Contemplate Alexandria’s History Reframed Through the Lens of the Free and Enslaved African Americans Who Built the City’s Early Economy.
Through November 2020, Alexandria is home to a thought-provoking and visually striking new installation by acclaimed artist Olalekan Jeyifous. Situated in the newly expanded Waterfront Park, Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies frames Alexandria’s African American history through the lens of the city’s industrial and merchant history. Once a prosperous port city that was home to one of the largest domestic slave trading firms in the country, Alexandria was a major center for shipping and manufacturing with an economy inextricably tied to the work of both enslaved and free African Americans. Read more from Jeyifous, well-known for his work on the upcoming Shirley Chisholm monument in Brooklyn, and immerse yourself in Black history sites throughout the city.
*While this installation's run at Waterfront Park has ended as planned, you can find it for a limited time near the Old Town Pool at 1609 Cameron Street where it has been relocated.