The Friends of Freedmen's Cemetery


Alexandria Girl Scouts

Below is a list of the deceased, as well as the individual who designed the bag for each person.

Name Gender Age Decorated by Front
CARTER, Harry male 50y Jenna Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CARTER, Infant unknown 1d Jullians Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CARTER, Isabella female 4y Danielle Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CARTER, Joseph male 21y Anastasia Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CARY, William male 16y Ainsley Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CHAMBERS, Harriet female 9m Liliana Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CHAPMAN, Infant unknown 7d Malisha Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CHAPMAN, James Henry male 3y Shayla Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CHAPMAN, Randall male 60y Caroline Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CHASE, Betsy female 111(?) Katarina Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CHASE, Mary Ida female 1y2m Amanda Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CHEEVIS, Joseph male 21y Jennifer Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CHESS, Enoch male 70y Shannon Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CHINN, Eliza female 46y Ashini Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CHISLEY, James Henry male 12m Margarete Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CHISLEY, Mary Dorsey female 3y Lizzie Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
COLEMAN, James Barber male 6y Catlin Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
COLEMAN, Joseph male unknown Shania Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
COLEMAN, Mary Jane female 1y9m Claire Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
COLEMAN, Richard male 7y Catherine Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
COLEMAN, Sally female 5y Emily Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
COLEMAN, William male 34y Gabrielle Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
COLLINS, James male 42y Emeg Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
COLLY, Infant unknown 1y Ileana Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CONWAY, Ella female 10y Tatyana Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CONWAY, Harriet female 75y Abby Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FIELDS, Albert male 10y Yolanda Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FIELDS, Bell female 5y4m Laura Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FIELDS, Charlie male 4m Ashley Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FIELDS, Edward male 6d Katie Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FIELDS, Hannah female 16y Pati Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FIELDS, Martha female 16y Katelyn Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FIELDS, Millie female 1y6m Ali Sue Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FIELDS, Walter male 10y Dorisgloor Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FIELDS, Willie male 9m Maddy Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FIELDS, (       ) unknown 40y Cheyenne Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FINLEY, Delphia female 21y Jessye Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FISHER, Elisabeth female 1y Sophiannie Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FISHER, Lewellyn male 8y Leila Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FLAHERTY, William male unknown Brittannie Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FLETCHER, Lizzie female 2y Michelle Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FOLKS, Dennis male 50y Kaileigh Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FOOKES, Addison male 3y6m Cathy Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FOOKES, Adelaide female 20y Elizabeth Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
FOOKES, Barbara Anna female 3m2d Erin Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image

Freedmen's Cemetery Historical Site Marker - E 109 Freedmen's Cemetery - Federal authorities established a cemetery here for newly freed African Americans during the Civil War. In January 1864, the military governor of Alexandria confiscated for use as a burying ground an abandoned pasture from a family with Confederate sympathies. About 1,700 freed people, including infants and black Union soldiers, were interred here before the last recorded burial in January 1869. Most of the deceased had resided in what is known as Old Town and in nearby rurual settlements. Despite mid-twentieth-century construction projects, many burials remain undisturbed. A list of those interred here has also survived.

Friends of Freedmenís Cemetery
638 North Alfred Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
E-mail: freedmen@juno.com

Freedmen's Cemetery Logo - This logo was designed by Alexandria Archaeology Assistant City Archaeologist, Dr. Steven Shephard, in 2006. The beautifully executed final drawing was made by Alexandria Archaeology volunteer, Mr. Andrew Flora, who made a few modifications. At the center of the logo is a headboard of the design seen in historic photographs of the Alexandria National Cemetery, established at the north end of Wilkes Street in 1862. These grave markers were supplied by the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department in Alexandria and records state that this department also supplied the headboards and coffins for Freedmens Cemetery. The pine boards were whitewashed and the plot number, and presumably, the name of the deceased, and possibly the date of death, were painted in black on the headboard. The number 1864 in the logo represents the year that the cemetery was established. The black silhouette of the African American woman in the center of the board is meant to represent the people, the Freedmen, who were buried at the cemetery. Civilian men, women and many children were buried here, along with African American soldiers of the United States Colored Troops. The rays radiating from the top of the headboard are meant to represent the light of freedom, as well as the souls of the Freedmen ascending into heaven and their final reward. The F and C are for Freedmen's Cemetery. The surrounding broken chain wreath symbolizes the severed bonds of slavery which resulted from the American Civil War which transformed Alexandria and the nation.

May 11th, 2007