Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
City of Alexandria Est. 1749
At first, Alexandrians welcomed the town's inclusion into Washington, D.C., but the residents soon became disillusioned. Provisions of the 1791 Act creating the District precluded the construction of any Federal buildings south of the Potomac River. Furthermore, the 1801 District Act disenfranchised the local populace, who could not vote in presidential elections nor have representation in Congress. Discussions about possibly outlawing slavery in the District also provided a strong impetus to retrocede Alexandria, a major slave trading center, to Virginia. In July 1846, the U.S. Congress voted to permit the retrocession upon referendum and, once approved, the land was formally accepted back by the Commonwealth of Virginia a year later.
The first and southernmost
Erected by City of Alexandria.
Location. 38° 48.364′ N, 77° 3.268′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of King Street (Virginia Route 7) and North West Street, on the right when traveling west on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1321 King Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freedom House Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); L’Ouverture Hospital (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Port City (about 500 feet away); Carver School (about 600 feet away); Colonel Francis Peyton (about 700 feet away); L'Overture Hospital HQ (about 700 feet away); Capt. James McGuire House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin and Armfield Slave Office (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Categories. • African Americans • Colonial Era • Politics •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 31, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.