New Faces in an Old Town: A Discussion of Immigration to Alexandria | News Release | City of Alexandria


New Faces in an Old Town

A Discussion of Immigration to Alexandria at The Lyceum, September 28

Contact: Audrey Davis, Program Chair


Alexandria began as a tiny port town on a wide spot in the Potomac River, founded by a small group of local farmers, Scottish tobacco buyers, and their African slaves.  Two and a half centuries later, it’s a city of more than 148,000 people, with nearly 30% of those people born outside of the United States, and over 100 native languages spoken among its’ school children.

Much of this change occurred in the 20th century, and Professor Krystyn Moon has studied its impact in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria. An associate professor of history and director of American Studies at Mary Washington University, Dr. Moon presents Making Arlandria Home: The Changing Face(s) of an Alexandria Neighborhood, 1960’s-1980’s at The Lyceum on September 28 for the Alexandria Historical Society.

The breakdown of structural racism combined with American Cold War policies created major demographic changes in Alexandria by the mid-to-late 20th century. One neighborhood in particular — Arlandria — saw multiple changes, shifting from mostly white-only housing to becoming home to immigrants from all over the world. This talk explores the forces that led to these population shifts, their impact on Alexandria, and the experiences of immigrants who made Arlandria their home from the 1960’s through the 1980’s.

Making Arlandria Home: The Changing Face(s) of an Alexandria Neighborhood, 1960’s-1980’s will take place on Wednesday night, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7:00 p.m.  The program is free for Alexandria Historical Society members, and there is a nominal charge of $5 per person for non-members.  A membership table on-site will give people a chance to join the Society that night.  Parking is extremely limited at The Lyceum, but there are garages and street parking nearby.  To learn more about the Alexandria Historical Society, visit https://alexandriahistoricalsociety.wildapricot.org/

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