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VII. To Visit
Mount Vernon - The home of President George Washington
- The Enslaved People of Mount Vernon Tour (seasonal walking tour)
- 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum
- Preserving and telling the stories of the United States Colored Troops involvement in the American Civil War
- 1925 Vermont Ave. NW Washington, DC
- Repository: https://www.afroamcivilwar.org/
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
- A museum that seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience.
- 1400 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20560
- Repository: https://nmaahc.si.edu/
- Examples: Reading Resources (Students and educators can read through African American history with the NMAAHC reading re-sources. Grades 3-12); Exhibit: Leveling the Playing Field (Explores the contributions of athletes, both on and off the field. Some have been symbolic figures of black ability, while others have taken their activism beyond the court to the courtroom, boardroom and the newsroom)
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
- 1411 W Street SE
- Washington, DC 20020
- Frederick Douglass spent his life fighting for justice and equality. Born into slavery in 1818, he escaped as a young man and became a leading voice in the abolitionist movement. People everywhere still find inspiration today in his tireless struggle, brilliant words, and inclusive vision of humanity.
- Repository: https://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm
Alexandria Black History Museum
- 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
- Originally the segregated library for Alexandria's African American residents, the museum documents the local and national history, culture and contributions of Black America.
- Repository: https://www.visitalexandriava.com/listings/alexandria-black-history-museum/256/
The Freedom House
- 1315 Duke Street Alexandria, Virginia
- The Freedom House Museum was once part of the headquarters for the largest domestic slave-trading firm in the United States, Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role.
- Repository: https://www.alexandriava.gov/FreedomHouse
Historic Pleasant Grove and Museum
- 8641 Lewinsville Road McLean, Virginia 22102
- Historic Pleasant Grove is a community landmark in McLean, Virginia, built by and for African and Native Americans in the late 19th century.
- Frances K. Moore Memorial Museum Named for a descendant of the church founders, the Frances K. Moore Museum opened in 1998. It displays a unique collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century household furnishings, tools, photographs, and memorabilia from the Sharper family.
- Repository: https://www.historicpleasantgrove.org/museum/
Laurel Grove School Museum
- 6840 Beulah St., Alexandria, VA 22310
- Freed slaves built this one room schoolhouse in the early 1880's. It served the black children of Franconia until 1932 as the Laurel Grove Colored School. The school survives as the only remaining African American schoolhouse in Northern Virginia. It now stands as a living museum, restored to reclaim its heritage and bring to life its history
- Repository: http://laurelgroveschool.org/
Gum Springs Museum and Cultural Center
- 8100 Fordson Road Alexandria, VA 22306
- Gum Springs is the oldest African American Community in Fairfax County, formally established in 1833. West Ford, a former slave, founded the community after being freed . The Gum Springs Historical Society and Museum was established to preserve and disseminate the history of the Gum Springs Com-munity. Many activities, including exhibits and lecturers at the Gum Springs Museum celebrate the tri-umph of this historic black community.
- Repository: http://gumspringsmuseum.blogspot.com/
Sully Historic Site
- 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA 20151
- Sully Historic Site Tells the story of Virginia’s Enslaved People in “Who Were They” Tour
- Repository: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2021/z-ir014
The Fairfax County Park Authority has historic sites that may include tours. Search each park’s website for further information.
- Historic Resource Parks
- Colvin Run Mill Historic Site
- Freedom Hill
- Historic Centreville
- Historic Huntley
- Mount Air
- Oak Hill
- Ox Hill Battlefield Park
- Sully Historic Site
The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center (Fairfax Elementary School, 1873)
- 10209 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
- Repository: https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/historic-resources/fairfax-museum-visitor-center
- The Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center is located between Washington Dulles International Airport and Washington, D.C., in the heart of Northern Virginia. The museum and visitor center is housed in the former Fairfax Elementary School, the first two-story brick school in Fairfax County that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Museum produces permanent and special exhibitions on Fairfax City and Fairfax County history; hosts touring exhibitions on broader historic topics; and provides educational outreach to school and youth groups.
FXVA African American Heritage Sites
- 20 to visit in the DC area by Visit Fairfax
- Repository: https://www.fxva.com/things-to-do/african-american-heritage/
Road to Freedom tour guide
- The Road to Freedom Tour Guide highlights Virginia's Civil War-era African American experience, en-couraging visitors and Virginians alike to uncover these little-known stories of strife, growth, community, and more. Fairfax County has two sites on the tour.
- Repository: https://www.battlefields.org/visit/mobile-apps/road-to-freedom-tour-guide#:~:text=
Tinner Hill Park in Falls Church
- Experience African American history firsthand at the Tinner Hill Historic Park in Falls Church, Virginia. This Park is the site of what was home to Joseph and Elizabeth Tinner, the couple who fought segregation laws after the borders of neighboring towns were redrawn cutting directly through their thriving commu-nity. Their actions led to the first rural branch of the NAACP.
- Repository: https://www.novaparks.com/parks/tinner-hill-historic-park
Best Sites to Honor Black History in Loudoun
- Repository: www.visitLoudoun.org
The Black Heritage Museum of Arlington
- 2611 Columbia Pike Arlington, VA 22204
- The museum preserves the Black History of Arlington and the Blacks’’ Journey to Freedom.
- Repository: www.arlingtonblackheritage.org
African American and Black History Trail – Visit Prince William
- Prince William, VA's unique and extensive African American history is shared through many of the county’s historic sites and communities.
- Repository: www.visitpwc.com >History > Black History
The International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina
- The museum documents the journey that began in Africa centuries ago and continues today.
- Repository: https://iaamuseum.org/
The Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration
- The Legacy Museum provides a comprehensive history of the United States with a focus on the legacy of slavery. From the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on the North and coastal communities across America through the Domestic Slave Trade and Reconstruction, the museum provides detailed interactive content and compelling narratives.
- Repository: https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/