New African American Heritage Trail Launched By The City Of Alexandria

The City of Alexandria released a new virtual history tour that details the significance of African Americans in the city earlier this month. The self-guided tour along the waterfront highlights the history of Alexandria’s Black residents and neighborhoods from the city’s founding in 1749 through the 20th century.

Pictured on the StoryMap’s website: Black laborers at Alexandria, near Coal Whart, ca. 1860-1865 by Mathew Brady

According to alextimes.com, “For the past three years, the African American Heritage Waterfront Trail came together through the efforts of the African American Heritage Trail Committee. The 11-member committee included Alexandria Black History Museum Director Audrey Davis, Councilor John Chapman, Alexandria archaeologists, local historians and other community members.”

As per alextimes.com, “The tour tells the history of African Americans in the city through an online program called StoryMap that users can follow along with on their phones while walking the trail. Davis said the virtual element was a part of the project’s conversation long before the COVID-19 pandemic began affecting Alexandria in the spring.”

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