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Highland Beach: A Historic Family Refuge During Segregation

Presented by Audrey Davis

Learn about Highland Beach, Maryland - a historically black beach community along the Chesapeake Bay that was founded by the son of Frederick Douglass.

Highland Beach, Maryland, is a historically black beach community founded in 1893 by Charles Douglass, son of Frederick Douglass. Audrey Davis, whose grandfather bought a house there in the 1940s, will discuss the history of Highland Beach, and the special bond of the families who still live there. Ms. Davis is the Director of Alexandria's Black History Museum. 

*Image courtesy National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Phone: 703.746.1703
Fax: 703.746.1708

Mon, Apr 22 1:00PM to 9:00PM
Tue, Apr 23 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Apr 24 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Thu, Apr 25 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Fri, Apr 26 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Apr 27 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Apr 28 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the library

Parking: No library parking lot.  Street parking is available.  A paid parking lot is available on the 100 block of North Alfred Street. 

Public Transit:

  • Metrorail: Yellow and Blue lines at Braddock Road (1 mile) and King Street Stations (1.1 miles). 
  • Metrobus: 10A, 10B, 10E, 11Y
  • DASH Bus: AT2/AT5/AT8
  • King Street Trolley:  King & Columbus

Upcoming events

Second Floor
Thu, Apr 25, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Help the Carefull Knitting group transform trash into useful treasure! Spend fifteen minutes or an hour converting plastic bags into plastic yarn that can be used to make waterproof sleeping mats.

Second Floor
Sat, Apr 27, 10:30am - 12:00pm
This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

Second Floor
Sat, Apr 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
City of Alexandria demographer, Sierra Latham, will discuss the information collected by the U.S. Census, giving us a snapshot of the country’s beliefs and concerns throughout our history.

Second Floor
Mon, Apr 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Amy Goyer is a caregiving expert and author of "Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving."

Second Floor
Tue, Apr 30, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Professional genealogist, Shannon Combs-Bennett, will guide you through the DNA testing process for genealogy.

Second Floor
Mon, May 06, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join Jesse Lambertson of the Georgetown University Law Library as he discusses his top five recommendations for digital freedom. There will be time for questions after the presentation.

Second Floor
Tue, May 07, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us for this free presentation from the Newseum's Education Division. NewseumED reaches over 11 million students, teachers and lifelong learners around the globe.

Second Floor
Sat, May 11, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Giant Foods nutritionist, Min, explains how certain foods can be used to control inflammation.

First Floor
Mon, May 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Barrett Branch Library's monthly book club to read "Convenience Store Woman" by Sayaka Murata.

Second Floor
Tue, May 14, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Learn how genetic genealogy is helping to expand our knowledge about human migration.

Second Floor
Thu, May 16, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Instructors from the Confucius Institute at George Mason University will lead this introductory class on Chinese watercolor painting. Space is limited to 12. Registration is required.

Second Floor
Thu, May 16, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Instructors from the Confucius Institute at George Mason University will lead this introductory class on Chinese watercolor painting. Space is limited to 12. Registration is required.

Tue, May 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Alexandria Library has a Friends of the Library group at each branch. The Barrett Friends meet the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the library at 717 Queen Street.