Black History Month is an annual recognition and celebration of the history, achievements and contributions of African Americans and persons of African descent in U.S. history. The City of Alexandria, Virginia invites the public to celebrate Black History Month through special events and activities throughout February.
February Tours of the Freedom House Museum
The Office of Historic Alexandria and the Northern Virginia Urban League are excited to announce a collaboration for Black History Month. On Saturdays during February, Freedom House Museum will be open from 1-5 p.m. The Freedom House Museum was once the headquarters and holding pen for the largest domestic slave trading firm in the United States, Franklin and Armfield. Enslaved people were brought from the Chesapeake Bay area and forced to the slave markets in Natchez, Mississippi and New Orleans either by foot or ship.
The building is currently owned by the Northern Virginia Urban League and together with the Office of Historic Alexandria, we invite you to visit the museum in this historic reminder of slavery.
Admission is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased online, or by cash or check at the door. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Groups of 7 or more should contact 703.746.4739 at least one week in advance to arrange a time to visit.
The following events will be held at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St.
- Saturday, February 3–Lecture by Paula Whitacre: Harriet Jacobs and Julia Wilbur Learn how two women–one black and one white–helped improve conditions while carving out new roles for themselves in 19th century America. In this free lecture, hear author Paula Whitacre, author of A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time, tell their story.
- Saturday, February 10–Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell with filmmaker Robin Hamilton Raised in privilege but degraded by persistent racial prejudice, Mary Church Terrell made it her life’s mission to fight for justice. Learn more about her by viewing a new documentary with Robin Hamilton, an Emmy-award winning journalist, television host, moderator and writer. Admission is $10.
- Saturday, February 24–An Evening of Music with Tom Teasley and Charles Williams Enjoy a free concert featuring musicians and artists Tom Teasley and Charles Williams. This concert will focus on the works of Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, and other important African American figures.