Meet the two sculptors behind the artwork at the newly completed Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial on September 4 at the Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street in Alexandria. The Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery served as the burial place for about 1,700 African Americans who fled to Alexandria to escape from bondage during the Civil War.
The presentation will begin at 2 p.m. with Joanna Blake, the local sculptor, who will discuss the process behind the creation of her two bas-reliefs.
She will be followed at 3 p.m. by Mario Chiodo, creator of the memorial’s statue, “The Path of Thorns and Roses”.
Saturday, September 6 is the official dedication of the Memorial. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Church and South Washington streets and is open to the public. http://apps.alexandriava.gov/Calendar/Detail.aspx?si=8162
Watch below as Francine Bromberg, Acting Director of Alexandria Archaeology, discusses the historical research that revealed the presence of a forgotten cemetery. Learn more about the history and significance of the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery here .