The Friends of Freedmen's Cemetery


Mac Arthur Elementary

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
BROWN, Mary female 1 week Shi'Kesha Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Mary Ellen female 23y Andrew Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Mary Frances female 1y Diana Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Mary Jane female 20y Mallika Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Milly female 21y Jordan Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Nat., Jr. male 7y Madeline Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Nathan male 60y Harry Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Nellie female 6m Markell Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Roxa Ann female 5m Sotiria Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Susan female 1y Emma Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Thomas male 7m Katheen Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Tony male 19y Emily Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Walt male 80y Zoe Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BROWN, Wilson male 21y Will Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BRYANT, Phillip male 12y Hannah Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUCE, Child unknown 1d Ivy Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUCKNER, Charles male 4y Zahra Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUCKNER, Chloe Ann female 39y Jordan Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUCKNER, James male 4y Corey Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUCKNER, John William male 7y Donisha Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUCKNER, Julia female 2y6m Megan Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUCKNER, Michael male 16y Michael Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUCKNER, Nelson male 50y Addie Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUCKNER, Sophia female 25y Madeline Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BULLARD, Lydia female 20y Anonymous Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUMBLEY, Jesse male 13y Pethanan Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUNDY, Thomas male 3m Micah Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURGESS, Caroline female 23y Ashley Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURKE, Edmonia female 7y Maddy Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURKE, Sally female 10m Gabriella Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURKE, William male 19y Abigail Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURNET, John male 20y Connor Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURNS, Wesley male 50y Kasey Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURRELL, Abner male 65y Carlely Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURRELL, Avanon female 6m Elena Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURRELL, Henrietta female 6y Kylee Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURRELL, John male 4y6m Mac Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURRELL, John male 11y Patrick Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURRELL, Sylvia female 9m Tarbaria Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BURTON, Amelia female 3y Destin Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUSH, Mary female 4y Nicole Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUSH, Richard male 13y Oscar Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUSHROD, Hannah female 40y Mei Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Ada female 1y Kyra Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Ann female 9y Bryan Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Anna female 4m Terry Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Edward male 2y7m Peter Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Frederick male 6m Jessica Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Israel male 20y Maura Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Jacob male 19y Nashae Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, James male 4y Evan Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Joseph male 60y Molly Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Louisa female 11y MeKayla Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Margaret (twin) female 1d Gabriel Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Mary (twin) female 1d Jaelen Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Mary Jane female 25y Bryania Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, Robert male 9y Audrey Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTLER, William male 2y Lucas Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BUTTS, Gie male 55y Amy Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CALLAHAN, William male 8m Brandon Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CAMEL, Andrew male 3m Elizabeth Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CAMEL, Harriet female 7m Da'Zhon Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CAMPBELL, John H. male 28y Tyler Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CANERE, Stephen male unknown Reece Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CAREY, Betsey female 62y Emily Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CAREY, Fanny female 25y Milagros Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CAREY [Currey?], Meredith female 3y Riley Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CAREY, Phillip male 1m Gillian Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CAREY, Thomas male 7m Jacob Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CAREY, William male 2y7m Anna Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CARGILL, Thomas male 3y Zarha Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CARR, James male unknown Tre'Shawn Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CARROLL, Mary E. female 7m Reece Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CARROLL, Willie male 2y Ian Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CARTER, Andrew J. male 1y3m Jacob Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CARTER, Arch male 53y Brandon Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CARTER, Eliza female 21y Milagros Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
CARTER, Emily female 11m Gillian 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.

March 28th, 2007