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
BOGGAN, Peter male 23y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOINBRAY, Thornton male 21y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOMBRAY, Ed. male 3y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOOIL, Joseph male 23y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOOTH, Edward male 2y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOOZE, Mary Eliza female 2m3d Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOSTICK, Joseph male 56y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOTTS, Celia female 96y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOTTS, Laura female 14y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOULDER, Solomon male 75y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOWERS, Edwin male 21y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOWMAN, Samuel male 45y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOYD, Infant unknown stillborn Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOYER, John male 44y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOYLE, Spencer male 29y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BOYSAW, Jane female 3m Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BRADLEY, Salina female 3y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BRENT, Leonard male 9y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BRENT, Thomas male 3m Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BRIDGET, Susan female 3½m Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BRIGADIER, John male 1y3m Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BRIGADIN, Child unknown unknown Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BRIGADY, Margaret female 1y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BRIGGS, Henrietta female 5y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
BRINSMADE, Orlando male 29y Gotham Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HATTON, Elick Delosius male 3y Salima Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HATTON, Felix male 8y Lorene Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HAWKINS, Appolonia female 40y Shanon Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HAWKINS, Georgiana female 4y Anonymous Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HAWKINS, Horace male 2y Carrie Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HAWKINS, James Henry male 2y Anonymous Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HAWKINS, Levenia female 2y Anonymous Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HAWKINS, Nancy female 2m Laura Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HAWKINS, Sopha Ann female 1d Lauren A. Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HAWLER, Mortimer male 3m Anonymous Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HAWTON, Sarah female 4m Tierra Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HECKLEY, Richard male 23y Lawrence Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HEDGEMAN, Alice female 7y Lawrence Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HEDGEMAN, Charlie Fenton male 2m Von Richardson Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HEDGEMAN, George, Jr. male 7y Joyce Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HEDGEMAN, Howard male 13y Lady Pauline Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HELMS, Jerry male 73y Anonymous Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HENKINS, Matilda female 17y Ciarra Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HENRY, Lloyd Jordan male 4y7m Aaron Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HENRY, Wallace male 20y Tyree Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HENSON, Willie male 8m Anonymous Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HERALD, John male 44y Anonymous Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HERALD, Margaret female 9y Raymond Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HEROLD, Elick male 2y6m Darion Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HILL, Charlotte female 80y Shannon Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HILL, Henry male 30y Lauren A. Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HILL, Howard male 25y Lawrence Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HILL, Violet female 70y Anonymous Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
HURSE, Samuel male 25y Cardell Illumination Bag Thumbnail Image
TURNER, Rebecca female 24y Pauline 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