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Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial

 
 
Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, September 8, 2014
1. Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial
Inscription.  
The Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial is dedicated to honoring more than 1,700 people of African descent buried here during and following the Civil War, as well as those who may have been laid to rest after the cemetery officially closed.

Since the war, the cemetery has endured many desecrations and years of neglect. Through the efforts of an advocacy group, historians, archeologists, and City officials, this place again became sacred ground and now honors by name the individuals buried here and the legacy of freedom personified by their descendants.

By reclaiming this place, recalling a forgotten history, and protecting the graves that remain, the memorial ensures that we remember those who struggled for freedom and the contributions they made to our city.
 
Erected 2014 by City of Alexandria.
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesMilitaryWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, The City of Alexandria series list.
 
Location.
"The Path of Thorn and Roses" - new centerpiece sculpture by artist Mario Chiodo image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, September 8, 2014
2. "The Path of Thorn and Roses" - new centerpiece sculpture by artist Mario Chiodo
- in the "Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery"
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38° 47.662′ N, 77° 2.959′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Memorial is on South Washington Street south of Church Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 So Washington 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. Graves (a few steps from this marker); Former USCT Burial Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Graves Under South Washington Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedmen’s Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); First Catholic Church in Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 1955 Gas Station (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Ronald F. Kirby (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Additional keywords. "Freedmen's Cemetery"; "U.S. Colored Troops"; Alexandria National Cemetery
 
Freedmen's Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, September 8, 2014
3. Freedmen's Cemetery
Cemetery established 1864
Memorial dedicated 2014
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 902 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on September 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on September 14, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2. submitted on September 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on September 14, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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May. 21, 2022