Emancipation: A Step into the Unknown

Emancipation: A Step into the Unknown

About 500,000 left slavery during the Civil War. As Chandra Manning's new book details, they took enormous risks in their search for freedom.

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L'Ouverture Hospital and My 4.5 Minutes of Fame

L'Ouverture Hospital and My 4.5 Minutes of Fame

I took part in a November 19 ceremony to inaugurate a historical marker at the location of L'Ouverture Hospital in Alexandria.

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Finding Descendants from Alexandria's Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery

Finding Descendants from Alexandria's Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery

Char McCargo Bah explained how she found descendants from among more than 1,750 people buried in Alexandria's Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery--who can now celebrate their ancestors, many of whom escaped slavery.

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Cemeteries in Old Alexandria

Last night's episode of Mercy Street included a poignant scene in which the Green and Fairfax families attempted to bury Tom Fairfax. No matter one's sympathies, seeing a funeral disrupted at gunpoint was not pleasant.

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Harriet Jacobs and Julia Wilbur: Two Other "Heroines"

With my own research in mind, I can't resist proposing Julia Wilbur and Harriet Jacobs as two other real-life heroines of Mercy Street.

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