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Image for event: History of African Americans at Arlington National Cemetery

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, Jun 05 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jun 06 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jun 07 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Jun 08 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Jun 09 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Jun 10 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Jun 11 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, Jun 08, 11:00am - 11:30am
First Floor
Listen to picture books by Eric Carle, then help retell the story with yoga. Please bring a towel or mat. Outside on the lawn, weather permitting. Ages 2+

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

Sat, Jun 10, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Bring items from home that are broken, torn and not quite working correctly. Fixit Coaches will assess your belongings and hopefully, help you to get them working. 

Mon, Jun 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Second Floor
Please join Let's Talk Books Club in reading and discussing "On Juneteenth" by Annette Gordon-Reed.

Tue, Jun 13, 11:00am - 11:40am
Songs, games, movement and more for our littlest friends. Outdoors if the weather permits it--bring a blanket or mat, no chairs please! Ages 0-23 months

Tue, Jun 13, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Barrett Library has a volunteer available on Tuesdays to help with computer and technologies use. Appointments are available at 5 PM and 6 PM. Please call 703-746-1721 to schedule an appointment.

Thu, Jun 15, 11:00am - 11:45am
Tons of bubble toys, sidewalk chalk and a pool full of toy boats and rubber ducks, Ages 2+

Thu, Jun 15, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Join Barrett Branch’s knitting and crochet group! Together we'll be making items to donate to those in need.

Sat, Jun 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
First Floor
Come and make a simple Juneteenth decoration. Ages 3+

Sat, Jun 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Join us for a craft in the library or take home a craft bag instead! Ages 6 - 12.