History Class Visits Alexandria Historic Site

Marymount students enrolled in Professor Cassandra Good’s history course “Virginia and the Old South” visited Alexandria’s Freedom House Museum on October 17, 2018. The museum’s building was once the site of the nation’s largest slave trading firm, Franklin and Armfield. Students heard about recent archaeological work on the site from a member of the city’s archaeology office and saw newly discovered artifacts. They also visited an exhibit housed in the former slave pens in the building’s basement and learned about the slave trade in Alexandria from Audrey Davis, director of the Alexandria Black History Museum. The visit finished with the opportunity to share personal reflections and offer feedback on the museum experience.