Char Bah and Lawrence Carter
From left – Mumini, Char, Maimoona and Dwayne
Reading of the Proclamation
On October 22, I received the 2013 Alexandria, Virginia “Ben Brenman Archaeology Award”. The award was for my work on the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery.
Language from the Proclamation
The Mayor of Alexandria and the Alexandria City Council provided the awardees with their “Proclamation” and a special design plaque from Archaeology.
Several people came out to support me including my husband, daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. McCrae, Mr. James E. Henson, Christa Wattres, Karen White, and Mr. Lawrence Carter.
I have provided pictures from the event that Mr. Lawrence Carter provided.
I am glad to share with you that I have been selected as one of the recipients of the 2013 Alexandria, Virginia “Ben Brenman Archaeology Awards”. This award is for my work on the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery. I will be receiving this award on October 22, 2013, by the Mayor of Alexandria and the Alexandria City Council.
The award is not just about my work in finding descendants of the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery, but it is about the descendants who allow me to research their families; and document their ancestors’ role in American History. For all of the descendants, I thank you for allowing me into your lives. I hope all of you will join me when I receive this award for all of us:
Date: October 22, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: City Council Chambers at City Hall
301 King Street, 2nd Floor
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
This event is open to the public. I am inviting anyone who wants to attend. Thank you.
Over 1700 African Americans are buried at the “Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery” located at Church and Washington Street in Alexandria, VA. These African Americans were contraband of the Civil War. They fought, walked, and ran from their slave owners to areas that provided them safety. Freed African Americans were also at risk during the Civil War and many of them found the same safety net as the slaves. For more information on the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery, go to the “The Friends of Freedmen’s Cemetery” site at http://www.freedmenscemetery.org/.
In April 2008, the City of Alexandria, Virginia asked me to assist them in locating descendants of the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery.
The City wants to recognize the descendants of the Freedmen Cemetery. Please go to the Alexandria Archaeology Museum’s web site that discusses the Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial at http://alexandriava.gov/FreedmenMemorial.
As of 2008, I have identified the descendants of over one hundred people who are buried at the Freedmen Cemetery. I am still looking for descendants. If you have more than four generations of your family from Alexandria, Virginia and your surname is on this list http://www.freedmenscemetery.org/burials/burials.pdf, please contact me through my blog e-mail address http://www.theotheralexandria.com. The City of Alexandria is building the Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial. It is going to be a great Ceremony honoring the former Contrabands and their Descendants.
The Ceremony will be in the Spring of 2014. If you want to be counted as a Descendant, please notify me. Thanks!
The authors of “African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century” are having their first book signing on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Community Open House event at the Alexandria Black History Museum located 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm. Books will be available for purchase. You can contact the Alexandria Black History Museum at 703-746-4356. Thanks!