Benefit for Freedman's Record Book

Event Date

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Event Location
Principle Gallery, 208 King Street

Please join Alexandria Archaeology for a benefit event to support the Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial and the historic book of records linked to the cemetery. Proceeds from this reception and silent auction will support the restoration of the original book listing marriages and deaths of hundreds of African Americans who came to Alexandria seeking refuge during and after the Civil War. The extremely fragile book is at the Library of Virginia and must be completely unbound, cleaned, stabilized and rebound, a process that is estimated to cost more than $1500. This volume is the only source of the names of the people buried at Freedmen’s Cemetery, names that will appear on the Memorial. Additional proceeds will fund the educational needs of the Memorial.