Behind the scenes of the Alexandria Gazette Packet’s article on, “Two Unlikely Activists Made History”– dated May 30-June 5, 2019.
Can you a lone make a difference? Yes you can. Two women from two different backgrounds brought national attention to an unknown cemetery. Their community activism impacted thousands of descendants of the Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery.
Without these ladies efforts, I would not have known about the Freedmen’s Cemetery. And, I would not have been able to make my contribution to the Freedmen’s project in locating the descendants. So I am indebted to Lillian Finkle and Louise Massoud for all their dedicated work for the Friends of the Freedmen Cemetery.
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.