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Arlington’s Important African American Heritage

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As part of African American History Month, the Arlington Young Democrats tonight hosted a presentation by Dr. Talmadge Williams on Freedman’s Village and the Black Heritage Museum.  I served with Talmadge on the DPVA State Central Committee and he is a true community leader.  Freedman’s Village was established in what is now southern Arlington Cemetery in 1863 and, until its closing in 1900,  provided housing and training for liberated African-Americans.  The Museum is currently a “museum without walls,” but it a new museum will be built on the Naval Annex site between Columbia Pike and the Cemetery.   Please support this effort and check out the Arlington Black Heritage brochure, which has some interesting descriptions of important sites in Arlington.