The National Civil War Project: Journey to be Free
7:00 p.m. – Reception
8:30 p.m. – Candle light walk and vigil at the cemetery site
At the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center
1108 Jefferson Street, Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314
During the Civil War, the Alexandria Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery was the burial place for approximately 1,800 African Americans who fled to Alexandria, Virginia to escape bondage. The cemetery fell into disrepair and almost completely disappeared in the 20th Century before being restored and finally, rededicated in 2007. Now, in the sesquicentennial of both the Cemetery and the Civil War, a beautiful new memorial site has been developed to honor the cemetery and those who were laid to rest here.
In collaboration with the City of Alexandria, Arena Stage will host a performance and candle light vigil for this special occasion. Historian C.R. Gibbs and the Howard University’s Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel Choir will perform pieces that explore the history of Alexandria and the evocative music of the period, which will be immediately followed by a candle light walk to the cemetery site. Reservations are required.