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Alexandria Black History Museum

Preserving the History of Alexandria, Virginia


The Alexandria Black History Museum highlights the African-American experience in early Alexandria with exhibitions, speakers and interactive programs. Housed in a building originally constructed in 1940 as a library to serve black citizens, the museum examines African-American history, art and traditions.

In the early 1980s, the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage and the Parker-Gray Alumni Association saw the need to document Alexandria’s black history by collecting oral histories, artifacts and photographs. In 1983, the City of Alexandria opened the building to these groups to establish the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, which was staffed by volunteers. In 1987, the City of Alexandria assumed operation of the center to develop exhibitions, educational programs and collections. In 2004, the center’s name was changed to the Alexandria Black History Museum to more accurately reflect its function of preserving the history of Alexandria’s African-American people, businesses and neighborhoods.

902 Wythe Street Alexandria, Virginia
There is a free parking lot at the Recreation Center across the street.

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Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on New Year's Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King Day



The National Register of Historic Places lists several historic sites in Alexandria, Virginia as locations where African Americans lived, worked and worshiped during the period 1790 through 1951. Each February, guide tours are given in honor of Black History Month. Learn more about Black History in Alexandria.

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