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Help Decide the Future of Freedom House

Photo: Adedayo Dayo Kosoko for Visit Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, VA –  The Office of Historic Alexandria is engaging with the community to create the Master Plan for the Freedom House Museum at 1315 Duke Street. This site is what remains of a large complex devoted to trafficking thousands of Black men, women, and children from 1828 – 1861. In partnership with the Urban League of Northern Virginia, OHA assisted with operations of the Museum starting in February 2018 and purchased the building in 2020. In May 2022, the Museum reopened to the public with three floors of temporary exhibits.

The Master Plan will provide a road map for the future use, interpretation, and preservation of the site.  Through a series of public meetings, we hope to engage in a dialogue about the site’s mission, potential name change, interpretive focus, and role in the community. The intent is to have the stories told at 1315 Duke Street complement those told at the Alexandria Black History Museum and across historic sites in Alexandra.

For more information on the history of 1315 Duke Street, visit.

For more information on Historic Alexandria Museums and Historic Sites, visit

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