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Alexandria, Virginia

Inside Freedom House

Voices still echo in the holding pen of one of the largest slave trading firms in the United States.

Come face-to-face with the horrors of the slave trade that happened in our own backyard on this special tour of Alexandria's Freedom House Museum led by author and historian Izetta Autumn Mobley. 

Join Atlas Obscura Society D.C. as we explore, learn, and discuss the reality of how slaves were bought and sold for over a century in this one-time headquarters of Franklin and Armfield—one of the largest domestic slave trading firms in the United States. We will also focus on what life was like for those who were forced to spend time here and how they kept hope alive. 

Today, the Freedom House Museum is owned by the Northern Virginia Urban League and preserved, in coordination with the Office of Historic Alexandria, as a powerful reminder of this terrible past. 

Izetta Autumn Mobley's work and research has been featured on Good Morning America and NPR’s All Things Considered.

Additional Details

  • The museum is accessible from the Metro, an eight-minute walk from the King Street Metro stop on the blue and yellow lines.
  • For those who decide to drive,  street parking is available on the side streets near the museum and there are parking garages a few blocks away. However, on busy weekends, parking can be hard to find. 
  • The material on this tour will be of a mature nature. We suggest using caution when deciding to bring little ones. 


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