Freedom House Museum

Visit what used to be headquarters of a 19th-century domestic slave-trading firm, which transported 1,800 slaves to Mississippi and Louisiana each year. In 1996, the firm became the home of the Northern Virginia Urban League. The Northern Virginia Urban League’s Freedom House Museum offers groups a chance to learn about slavery through visuals, narratives, and video. Groups will gain a deeper understanding of the people who benefitted and suffered from the slave trade as they take a self-guided tour of the museum. Exhibits feature a manifest of slaves, the type clothing worn by slaves in the 19th century, and images of slaves working in the fields.
 
Contact Info 
Address: Northern Virginia Urban League, 1315 Duke St., Alexandria, VA, 22314. City of Alexandria. Tel: 703-836-2858. Email: freedomhouse@nvul.org. Website: www.nvul.org. Hrs: Mon.-Fri. 10AM-4PM.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 30-45 minutes. Cost: Free.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

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