The Friends of Freedmen's Cemetery


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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
WILLIAMS, Jack male 7y4m Riya Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, James male 20y Kathryn Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, John male 22y Annelle Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, John male 2y Jessica Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Joshua male 24y Annelle Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Joshua male 67y Anonymous Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Julia female 8m Annelle Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Kitty female 7m Ellen Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Laura female 21y Annelle Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Lawrence male 7y Ellen Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Lucinda female 7y Jessica Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Marshall male 24y Catherine Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Milly female 15y Riya Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Moses male 21d Ellen Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Nancy female 20y Catherine Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Robert male 35y Julie Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Sophia female 1y Riya Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Tom male 22y Tala Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMS, Willie male 6m Catherine Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIAMSON, Jacob male 50y Julie Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIS, Henry male 26y Tala Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIS, Infant unknown stillborn Alison Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIS, James male 1y Kathryn Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIS, Ned male unknown Tala Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIS, Richard male 6 weeks Kyran Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIS, Susan female 15y Kathryn Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLIS, Thomas male 7m Alison Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILLSHA, Fanny female 17y Tala Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILSON, Caroline female 75y Kyran Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILSON, Frank male 10y Najat Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILSON, Reuben male 49y Alison Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WILSON, Samuel male 30y Julie Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WINFRY, Child unknown 10m Tala Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WINSTON, Kitty female 20y Riya Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WINSTON, Temple female 2y Ellen Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
*WOOLFORD, John male 27y Kyran Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WORMLEY, Richard male 5y Kyran Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
WRIGHT, Charlotte female 3y Alison Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
YOUNG, Susan female 28y Alison Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
(      ), Jefferson male 3y Alison Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
(      ), Polly female 100y Kyran 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 9th, 2007