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History of African Americans at Arlington National Cemetery

Presented by the National Park Service

African Americans have been connected to Arlington National Cemetery since its origins as a plantation through the Freedman's Village to the trailblazers of the civil rights movement.

Learn about the connection of African Americans to Arlington National Cemetery from National Park Service Supervisory Ranger Kenya Finley-Jean, of the Civil War Defenses of Washington Division.  According to the Cemetery's website, "...the history of the Arlington property encompasses slavery, emancipation, segregation and civil rights. At the cemetery, gravesites and memorials honor the dedication and sacrifice of African American service members who served their country and fought for racial justice."

Image of "Section 27"  courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery website.

Registration preferred.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Phone: 703.746.1703
Fax: 703.746.1708

Mon, Apr 22 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Apr 23 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Apr 24 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Apr 25 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Apr 26 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Apr 27 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Apr 28 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

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/B, 11C
  • DASH Bus: 30, 31, Old Town Circulator
  • King Street Trolley:  King & Columbus

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact or call 703.746.1701 or TTY 703.746.1790.

Upcoming Events

Thu, Apr 25, 11:00am - 11:40am
First Floor
Stories, songs, movement and more for ages 2+

Thu, Apr 25, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Second Floor
Our Mahjong group uses the American rules variation developed from the ancient Chinese game. Meetings are from 2-4 PM on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Registration is limited and required.
Registration is now closed

Fri, Apr 26, 10:15am - 11:00am
Story Room
Build motor, language and social skills with your baby through songs, games, simple baby yoga and more. Just for babies ages 0-12 months and parents/caregivers--no older siblings please.

Sat, Apr 27, 10:00am - 11:00am
Start your Saturday doing good. Join the Barrett Branch walking and litter pickup club.

Mon, Apr 29, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
First Floor
Make and take craft activities for ages 6+

Tue, Apr 30, 11:00am - 11:40am
First Floor
Songs, games, movement and more for ages 0-23 months

Thu, May 02, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Second Floor
Join Barrett Branch’s knitting and crochet group making items to donate.

Sat, May 04, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
First Floor
Celebrate Star Wars Day with Brixalot Lego. This event is for ages 6+