Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial
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.
Location. 38° 47.662′ N, 77° 2.959′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on South Washington Street south of Church Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Former USCT Burial Ground (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); The Original Saint Mary's Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial (about 300 feet away); Wiliam Clayborne Memorial (about 700 feet away); Brick Making on Broomilaw Point (approx. 0.2 miles away). 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
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Military • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 784 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on September 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3. submitted on September 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.