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Slavery and the Memorial Landscape of Alexandria


Truths that Rise from the Roots Remembered, 1999, Alexandria, Virginia. Photograph by Renée Ater.

Alexandria, Virignia, has a rich memorial landscape related to its colony and antebellum history. Since 1978, archaeologists have studied the African American presence in the city. More recently, the city has engaged the legacy of slavery through monuments, interpretation, and preservation of historic African American sites. “Slavery and the Memorial Landscape of Alexandria” focuses on three monuments: Truths that Rise from the Roots Remembered (1999); Edmonson Sisters Memorial (2010); and the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial (2013). This exhibit highlights the relationship of these three monuments to the larger history of the African American presence in the city as well as to the continued presence of a Confederate soldier memorial within the modern urban landscape of Alexandria.

The exhibit includes the following sections:

  • a brief history of Alexandria, Virginia;

  • maps and geolocation information;

  • analysis and interpretation of the three monuments in relation to form and space.

  • a consideration of Caspar Buberl’s Appomattox (The Confederate Soldier) as it relates to the memorial landscape of Alexandria, and to the three monuments;

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