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Black Alumni Networking Reception and Freedom House Museum Tour

  • 1315 Duke Street Alexandria, VA, 22314 United States (map)

You're invited to join more than 100 African American Virginia Tech students on Saturday, February 18, 2017 as they travel to Washington DC to tour the area. DC area black alumni are invited to join the students for a unique networking reception and tour of the Freedom House Museum in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The group will hear from several area alumni as well as University Representatives, Latanya Walker, Director of Alumni Relations for Diversity and Inclusion, Virginia Tech Alumni Association as well as Kimberly Williams, Director of the Virignia Tech Black Cultural Center while enjoying light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.
Parking: Limited FREE/OPEN street parking
Metro: King Street
Attire: Business Professional/Casual

About the Freedom House Museum: In the stunning true story told in the major motion picture 12 Years a Slave, free Black man Solomon Northup is kidnapped and sold into slavery, where he subsequently spends an agonizing twelve years in captivity. James Burch (Birch), the DC-based slave dealer responsible for selling the real Northup into slavery, would go on to become one of the last owners of one of the largest slave trading companies in the country, Franklin and Armfield in Alexandria, from 1859 to 1861. The company exported over 3,750 slaves to the new cotton and sugar plantations of the Deep South. Today the building, owned by the Northern Virginia Urban League, is home to the Freedom House museum. Here, visitors stand witness to the powerful stories of the enslaved in the same space where they were once held. The original bars, bricked walls and artifacts are tangible reminders of this dark time in our nation’s history. First-person slave narratives told through video and exhibits include the story of Solomon Northup. The Freedom House slave pen is remarkably similar to that which is featured in the movie, giving visitors a palpable sense of what slave pens were like during that era. Source:

Point of Contact: Traci DeShazor, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, National Capital Region, Virginia Tech Alumni Association:

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