S. Washington and Church
A pair of cemeteries may not be what some consider a desirable thing for Old Town’s southern gateway, but we can’t just build over something so significant and so sacred to our past. About 1,800 (updated figure) freed slaves and infants are buried here.
Alexandria historian Michael Miller (co-author of A Seaport Saga) re-discovered the cemetery 20 years ago. Alexandria Archaeology conducted investigations and identified over 500 graves, and believes others still survive. The City has been working on an appropriate design to a memorial park and hopes to break ground next year.
The Alexandria Gazette Packet has an excellent article (Living Legends, November 19, 2008) on Lille Finklea and Louise Massoud, two women who made sure Freedmen’s Cemetery will live on as a memorial park.