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ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE CONTRABANDS AND FREEDMEN CEMETERY SITE

Event Type: Special Event
Date: 12/10/2016
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
Description:
 Located in Alexandria, Virginia, the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery was established during the Civil War by the U.S. Military. People who were escaped slaves as well as free people were interred at the location until 1869. Over the years the cemetery fell into disrepair and was no longer listed on maps. However, the location of the cemetery was kept in family stories and through documentation. In the 1990s, when the new Wilson Bridge Project was being planned, documentary research along with archaeology testing helped confirm the location of the cemetery. Plans were made to ensure that the cemetery would not be impacted by construction. Archaeology was done at the site which is now a memorial park that is open to the public. This program is presented by Alexandria Archaeology.
Library: Burke Branch Library