Learn about Freedman’s Village in Latest Historical Markers Episode

Aug. 19, 2016 — freedmans-village1 In this week’s episode, Historical Markers takes viewers to Freedman’s Village. In 1863, the federal government established Freedman’s Village on the grounds of the Custis and Lee estates, what is today Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and the Navy Annex building. The village was created to help address the needs of the growing number of individuals who had escaped slavery in the south during the Civil War. Watch this short video about Freedman’s Village and use #APSHistoricalMarkers to respond to and ask questions about its history. The Historical Markers video series, produced by APS, highlights just a few of the more than 80 historical markers highlighting important sites in Arlington’s past to engage students in learning about local history. For more information about the videos, visit https://aps2016.apsva.us/aetv/historical-markers-video-series.

Photo courtesy: Arlington County Library