Last year the Alexandria City Council voted 5 to 2 for the demolition of the Ramsey Homes. There were many of us who were disappointed, as the homes were on the National Register Historic Places.
The consolation prize is the hope that historical markers will tell some of their story as a place built for African American war time workers, and their unique architectural style.
There could also be the need for another marker or two. A Quartermaster warehouse was located there during the Civil War. Archaeologists on site have already uncovered two bullets and some pottery.
A first time discovery in Alexandria might also take place. A foreman told me he was briefed to be on the lookout for the possibility of finding a limb pit.
Limb pits were in the news last month after archaeologists at Manassas National Battlefield Park discovered about a dozen legs and arms.
A hospital, Battery H, was located at 907 Pendleton Street in the Parker Gray neighborhood. A home steps from the Ramsey Homes site sits on top of the hospital site, but perhaps something will be found near the Quartermaster portion.
Our sources at Alexandria Archaeology told us to their knowledge no limb pits have been discovered in Alexandria.