African American History

From the slaves who built Arlington House one brick at a time to the government, civic and business leaders who are building the framework for our future, the history of African Americans in Arlington is significant. Take a moment to learn about some of the unique African-American history here in Arlington from Arlington's African American History Brochure (This brochure is only available in digital format.)

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1200 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

 


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This museum chronicles the African American experience during the Civil War and includes a descendants' registry for researchers.

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902 Wythe St
Alexandria, VA 22314

 


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Located in a 1940 library building designed for African-Americans, this museum presents several compelling exhibits dealing with the slave trade and the aftermath of the Civil War.

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5000 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207

 


(703) 525-4472 ?

Calloway United Methodist Church began at an 1866 prayer service in the home of a member just two miles from the church's present-day location. A larger church ... more

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2505 First Street S
Arlington, VA 22204

 


The Modern-day blood bank resulted from the groundbreaking research of a young African American physician and Arlington resident, Dr. Charles R. Drew.  

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Located within Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA 22211

 


(703) 607-8000

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In June of 1863, on the grounds of the federally confiscated Custis Arlington estate (today's Arlington National Cemetery), the U.S. government established Freedman's Village as a temporary ... more

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1005 S Quinn St
Arlington, VA 22204

 

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Designed and built in 1881 by a man born into slavery, Harry W. Gray house is significant not only for its place in the history of Arlington's ... more

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2704 S 24th Rd
Arlington, VA 22206

 


(703) 979-3738

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Lomax AME Zion Church is another of Arlington's oldest continuing black churches. First led by Reverend Richard Tomkins as Little Zion Methodist Church in 1866 in Freedman's ... more

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3412 South 22nd St
Arlington, VA 22204

 


(703) 521-7663

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Prayer gatherings in the home of Bonder and Amanda Johnson in 1908 led to the formal establishment of Macedonia Baptist Church in 1911.

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1964 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20024

 


(888) 484-3373

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The King Memorial is intended to be personally transformative for visitors, building a sense of commitment to the promise of positive change and active citizenship. Drawing from ... more

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1601 S 13th Rd
Arlington, VA 22204

 


(703) 920-7293

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Near the end of 1873, 85 members of Old Bell Church in Freedman's Village set about to establish a new church under the leadership of Rev. Washington ... more

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