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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Alexandria, D.C.

City of Alexandria Est. 1749

 
 
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
1. Alexandria, D.C. Marker
Inscription. Alexandria was established by Virginia's colonial assembly in 1749, over four decades the U.S. Congress authorized creation of a national capital on the banks of the Potomac River. Once the final site for the Federal city was selected by President George Washington, part of Alexandria was incorporated into the District of Columbia in 1801. To mark the new capital's boundaries, large stones were set in a ten-mile square at one mile intervals by Andrew Ellicott, assisted by men such as African American astronomer Benjamin Banneker.

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.

Boundary Stones
The first and southernmost
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
2. Alexandria, D.C. Marker
boundary stone was set at Alexandria's Jones Point, and four more stones still exist within the city.
 
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.
 
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
3. Alexandria, D.C. Marker
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
4. Alexandria, D.C. Marker
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
5. Alexandria, D.C. Marker
 
 
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 35 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.
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