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Date(s) - 07/13/2023
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.

For the past year, the Arlington Historical Society and the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington, have collaborated on a  project to recover the largely unknown history of the county’s enslaved population and to chronicle their lives.  Jessica Kaplan, a coordinator of Memorializing the Enslaved in Arlington and lead researcher, will explain the aims of the project and its progress to date. Join us for a talk about the research and the team’s findings including the rediscovery of over 1400 enslaved individuals and stories of some of their lives.

Jessica Kaplan is a historical researcher and retired archivist with a deep interest in Arlington’s history. She has written several articles for the “Arlington Historical Magazine” including The Bottom: An African-American Enclave Rediscovered, and “I Was a Union Man:” James and Lewis Marcey’s Civil War Experience. She serves on the AHS Board of Directors and is now editor of the Arlington Historical Magazine

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 in the library auditorium.  If you want to attend this event virtually, please register using this link. You can also cut and paste the following URL into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScO3-YQHbWR7E1_18b3bn44MOPoCAcNzxFtsgr-pbnAxlRVVQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please register by Wednesday, July 12:  Zoom access information will be sent to you on the morning of the event on Thursday, July 13.

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.)

  • 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 free public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.