“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Alexandria Academy

Alexandria Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, September 26, 2006
1. Alexandria Academy Marker
Inscription. On 17 Dec. 1785, George Washington endowed a school here in the recently established Alexandria Academy “for the purpose of educating orphan children.” In 1812, an association of free African Americans founded its own school here in space vacated by white students. Young Robert E. Lee attended another school in the Academy from 1818 to 1823, when it closed and the building was sold. During the Civil War the Academy served as a freedmanís hospital. Returned to the Alexandria School Board in 1884, the Alexandria Academy was used as a school and administrative facility until 1982. The Historic Alexandria Foundation restored it in 1999.
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-89.)
Location. 38° 48.083′ N, 77° 2.852′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street (Virginia Route 400) and Wolfe Street, on the right when traveling north on Washington Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beulah Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lyceum (approx. 0.2
The Alexandria Academy image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, December 30, 2006
2. The Alexandria Academy
miles away); Alfred Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); "For God and Country" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
More about this marker. The Academy is listed as being at 604 Wolfe Street but the Marker is on Washington Street.
Also see . . .  History of the Alexandria Academy. (Submitted on January 14, 2007.)
Categories. African AmericansEducationNotable Buildings
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 3,244 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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