African American History of Alexandria Bus Tour, “From Slavery to Freedom”
A Collaboration Between the Office of Historic Alexandria, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and the Gum Springs Museum
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
November 18, 2017
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This special tour begins at Mount Vernon with an exclusive viewing of Mount Vernon’s new exhibition Lives Bound Together on slavery at George Washington’s plantation. This unique tour will be conducted by the exhibit’s curators. After the tour, visitors will walk to Mount Vernon’s Slave Cemetery for a site talk by Mount Vernon’s archeologists. After lunch, guests board a bus to visit Gum Springs, a historic African American community descended from people enslaved at the Washington and Custis properties, and then continue on to Alexandria’s Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, the burial ground for over 1700 contrabands (escaped slaves), which was rededicated in 2014. The tour will conclude at Mount Vernon at 4 p.m. The tour will go rain or shine and has extended periods of walking over uneven terrain.
Ticket price: $50. Tickets can be purchased at https://shop.alexandriava.gov
Box lunch and bus transport is included in the ticket price. Free parking is available at Mount Vernon’s visitor lot: http://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/directions-parking-transportation/.