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Alexandria Black History Museum

AE Curator May 10
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On August 21, 1939, five young black men were arrested for staging a peaceful sit-in at the all-white Alexandria Public Library. Orchestrated by civil rights attorney Samuel Tucker, the sit-in was among the earliest challenges to separate but equal facilities in Virginia. The city of Alexandria responded by building the all-black Robert H. Robinson Library in 1940. The new library is now the Alexandria Black History Museum, which also includes a research center and nine-acre heritage park. The museum enriches lives, fosters tolerance and understanding, and stimulates appreciation of diversity.

Location: Alexandria
Image: Virginia Tourism Corporation

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