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New Alexandria Black History Museum Exhibit Features Artifacts From Protests Following George Floyd’s Murder

This digital photograph is part of an online exhibit called “Preserving Their Names” at the Alexandria Black History Museum. (Photo: Daniel Horowitz/ Courtesy Alexandria Black History Museum)

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article indicated that the exhibit would open May 25. It is an online-only exhibit. The museum is still closed due to COVID-19 precautions and renovation. This update also includes the correct viewing link.

ALEXANDRIA, VA-In remembrance of the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, Alexandria’s Black History Museum has prepared a new exhibit, Preserving Their Names. Online only, it features artifacts from the museum’s Black Lives Remembered Collection.

After vigils and marches that took place in Alexandria in response to the killing, the museum received donations including signs, photographs, and artwork that depict the intimate and personal thoughts of their creators.

“This collection preserves Alexandria’s reaction to the national events of May and June 2020, and connects those events with ones here in Alexandria that have occurred over centuries,” Dr. Dan Lee, City Historian, told The Zebra Press. “This is definitely a learning experience for anyone who is interested both the history of the quest for racial justice and equality and the power of protest here in Alexandria.”

To view Preserving Their Names,, click HERE.

The items showcased are only a small part of the collection. Donations are ongoing To contribute items, fill out the form HERE, or call the museum at 703-746-4356. Have a personal story to share? The museum is also collecting written narratives about what it was like to live and work in Alexandria during a turning point in history. Click the link above to share your experience.

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