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Date(s) - 02/09/2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


This program is free and open to the public. You can attend via Zoom or in-person. See details below on both ways to attend.

Dr. Spencer Crew will discuss how Freedmans Village was established and succeeded, its impact on those who lived in it, and its role in American history. Join us as we help commemorate Black History month with this presentation by the former interim Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Dr. Crew is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University and Emeritus Director of the National Museum of African American History and the National Museum of American History. Previous to Mason he served as President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for six years and worked at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution for twenty years. Nine of those years, he served as the Director. He most recently served as the interim Director at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. At each of these institutions, he sought to make history accessible to the public through innovative and inclusive exhibitions and public programs. Dr. Crew has published extensively in the areas of African American and Public History as well as curated numerous exhibitions the most recent one at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Attend via Zoom or In-Person

PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ACCESS. You can attend this event on either Zoom or in-person on the Marymount University Main Campus.  If you want to attend this event virtually, click HERE to register. Or cut and paste this URL into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJRIS3R39oEA42VWZ8F6JIV9m-6sR5zuKHQPWTVltNezmHmg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please register by Wednesday, February 8:  Zoom access information will be sent to you the morning of the event on Thursday, February 9.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees planning to attend the event in-person should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. From Glebe Road going north, take a right onto 26th Street. Pass the intersection with Yorktown Road and then enter the campus through the next gate on your left. The library is to your left as you enter the campus. Free garage parking is just past the library at the bottom of the small incline. (Handicapped parking is immediately to your right as you enter the campus.)

  • NEW: If the University has lowered the garage gates, push the button and let them know you’re here for an Arlington Historical Society event in the library. To leave, push the button and they’ll raise the gate.

This event is one of the monthly series of public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.