When the Freedmen Came to Alexandria #FlashbackFriday


In honor of the Freedmen’s Memorial Dedication happening this week in Alexandria, Virginia, for this Flashback Friday posting, we look at the Freedmen’s Barracks in Alexandria. When the Freedmen moved to the Alexandria area, they moved in barracks and shantytowns hastily assembled in order to handle the sudden rise in population.

Any idea where these barracks might have been? There’s a fantastic historical overview on the history of Freedmen’s Cemetery which you can find at this link (PDF file).