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

Freedman's Village

Freedman's Village Marker image. Click for full size.
February 9, 2008
1. Freedman's Village Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  After the outbreak of the Civil War, escaped slaves sought refuge at Union Camps and thousands crowded into the Federal City. In response to the unhealthy conditions in Washington, the government selected a site on Arlington Heights in May, 1863, to provide freed slaves with housing and opportunities for work, training and education. Freedman’s Village, which was located in Arlington National Cemetery, was soon built and formally dedicated on December 4, 1863. There were over 50 two-story duplex houses, two churches, a school, a meeting hall, hospital and home for the aged and infirm. In time the population exceeded 1,000. Though intended to be temporary, the village lasted into the 1890s, when it was closed and its residents dispersed.
Erected by Arlington County, Virginia.
Location. 38° 52.124′ N, 77° 4.26′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of South Oak Street and Southgate Road, on the right when traveling north on South Oak Street. Touch for map. Marker is located
Freedman's Village Marker image. Click for full size.
February 9, 2008
2. Freedman's Village Marker
at Foxcroft Heights Park. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22209, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Freedman’s Village (here, next to this marker); Site of Arlington Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert Edwin Peary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Matthew Alexander Henson (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Coast Guard Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Peacemaker (approx. ¼ mile away); 96th Infantry Division, U.S. Army (approx. ¼ mile away); Indian Warriors and Their Brothers (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
Also see . . .
1. African American History in Arlington, Virginia. PDF Brochure includes information about Freedman's Village. (Submitted on March 20, 2008.) 

2. Lost Village of Slaves Found. Blog post from the Civil War Librarian. (Submitted on April 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,593 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 20, 2008. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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