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Explore Alexandria’s Role in the Struggle for Freedom on Our African American History Tour

This Juneteenth, embark on a thought-provoking tour of the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex and uncover Alexandria’s African American legacy. From the antebellum era to the Civil Rights Movement, you’ll explore the hidden tales of resilience, courage, and triumph that have shaped this city’s history.

Half of the cost of your ticket will be given to the Friends of the Douglas Cemetery or Social Responsibility Group, both dedicated to rehabilitating and preserving the Douglas Cemetery, which is within the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex.

Discover the Edmonson Sisters’ Brave Escape:

Hear the heart-wrenching story of Mary and Emily Edmonson, whose daring escape attempt aboard The Pearl in 1848 captured the nation’s attention. Their plight inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s groundbreaking novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and shed light on the profound contributions of Alexandria’s African American community.

Honor the United States Colored Troops:

Pay tribute to the sacrifices of the United States Colored Troops at Alexandria National Cemetery. Here, over 3,900 Union soldiers, including 249 USCT, found their final resting place after a groundbreaking 1864 Civil Rights protest. Additionally, honor civil rights pioneer Reverend Fields Cook, who tirelessly fought for equality.

Witness the Triumphs of the Civil Rights Era:

Discover the inspiring story of Alexandria’s T.C. Williams High School football team, immortalized in the film “Remember the Titans.” Learn about Julius Campbell’s pivotal leadership role in uniting this integrated squad, which triumphed as state champions amidst the racial divides of 1971.


This Juneteenth, celebrate the enduring spirit and triumphs of Alexandria’s African American community. Book your spot now for “Unveiling Alexandria’s African American Legacy: A Juneteenth Journey from Antebellum to Civil Rights,” and be prepared to be moved by the powerful stories that have shaped this city’s history.




Venue Information

The Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex
1475 Wilkes Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Organizer Information

Gravestone Stories


5311 Neville Court
Alexandria, VA 22310
+1 (703) 869-0872

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David Heiby
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Name:
David Heiby
Phone:
+1 (703) 869-0872
Email:
dave@gravestonestories.com
Name:
David Heiby
Phone:
+1 (703) 869-0872
Email:
dave@gravestonestories.com