New Documentary: Dollhouses Depict Segregated Alexandria

Free screening at 3.p.m. on January 12, 2020 at The Lyceum.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Sunday, January 12, 2020, the Alexandria Black History Museum will premiere a free screening at 3 p.m. of the new documentary exploring Alexandria segregation.

A very special collection of dollhouses depict Alexandria segregation inOur Alexandria  the new documentary by Emmy award-winning local filmmaker, Robin Hamilton.

Sharon Frazier and Linwood Smith, both Alexandria natives, have created dollhouses which offer a window into segregated Alexandria via their recreation of African American businesses and homes. Attention to detail, craftsmanship, and love of community are evident in each of their buildings.

Mrs. Frazier, a retired registered nurse, developed skills in miniaturization while Mr. Smith, a retired automotive mechanic, used his talents as a craftsman to construct dollhouses to scale.

Learn more about these fascinating Alexandrians and about life in segregated Alexandria. Stay for a special discussion and unveiling after the film.

Sharon Jones Frazier and Linwood M. Smith, both lifetime residents of Alexandria, began working together on their amazing historic collection in 1994, combining talents and drawing on their memories of places and people in Alexandria. (Photo: Our Alexandria screenshot)

Our Alexandria is funded through a grant from Virginia Humanities.

Robin Hamilton has also produced films on civil rights legend Fannie Lou Hamer and on Washington, DC activist Mary Church Terrell. For more information on her work, click here to visit her production company, AroundRobin.

This event is Free! Seats are limited, Reservations are encouraged, but not required. You may register by phone at 703.746.4356 or online at https://alexandriava.gov/shop.

The Lyceum is located at The Lyceum at 201 South Washington Street, near the King Street Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue Lines. Limited on-site parking available. Street and garage parking nearby.

To request a reasonable disability accommodation, e-mail black.history@alexandriava.gov, or call 703.746.4356, Virginia Relay 711.