African American Heritage Park

Of twenty-one known burials on this site, six identified headstones remain and are in their original location.  The park was designed to co-exist with the original landscape of the cemetery and preserves the interesting and varied plant life on this site.  The park's innovative plan also sustains a wetland area that provides a home for mallards, painted turtles, beavers and crayfish in their natural habitat. The focal point of the park is a sculpture group of bronze trees called "Truths that Rise from the Roots Remembered" by sculptor Jerome Meadows.  This formation acknowledges the contributions of African Americans to the growth of Alexandria.  Other smaller sculptures throughout the park commemorate historic African American neighborhoods and the people known and unknown buried on this site.