Southwest Quadrant in Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Douglass Cemetery Association was founded in 1895 as a non-denominational, segregated cemetery for Alexandria's African American community. The Douglass Cemetery is named in memory of Frederick Douglass, who was an American abolitionist, writer, statesman, orator and former slave who worked to improve the lives of African Americans during his lifetime. Hundreds of African Americans were buried in this cemetery while it was in operation between 1896 and 1975.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. 38° 48.096′ N, 77° 3.363′ W. Marker is in Southwest Quadrant in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on Wilkes Street 0.1 miles west of South Payne Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1421 Wilkes Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bethel Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Courtesy of Bethel Cemetery, Est. 1885Bethel Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Southwest 1 (about 500 feet away); A National Cemetery System (about 500 feet away); Old Presbyterian Meeting House (about 500 feet away); In Honor of Those Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice (about 600 feet away); Alexandria National Cemetery (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest Quadrant.
Also see . . . Boy Scout gets troop to help restore historic black cemetery. (Submitted on October 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.