Alexandria’s Revitalization of Local Civil War Fort Under Public Consideration | ALX now

The city of Alexandria plans to hold a public meeting next month to discuss plans to Fort Ward Park overhaul.

The site was a fort built during the Civil War as part of a ring of defense protecting Washington DC. The site currently houses a museum and frequently hosts reenactments of daily life during the Civil War.

The city is looking to revitalize the park, however, with more historical resources that tell a wider range of the park’s history beyond the Civil War. During and after the war, freed black Americans called smuggling lived in the fortification and established a community there – a community that includes descendants who live in the area but were forced out when the city converted the land into a park.

“The purpose of Fort Ward Interpretive Plan is to expand the interpretation in Fort Ward Park to include the full range of its history, particularly the African-American experience and the post-Civil War Fort community, ”the town said in a press release. “Fort Ward’s Civil War history will remain a central theme, but new material will explore the legacy of this pivotal time.

The city worked throughout the design process for potential memorials and made an effort to identify the graves at the site.

The virtual meeting is scheduled for Monday January 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“The meeting will be an opportunity to learn more about the recommendations of the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan and the Fort Ward Interpretive Plan,” the city said. “The virtual meeting will include a presentation on historical resources, upcoming projects and related archeology. The projects to be discussed include an accessible road to the picnic shelter, accessible parking areas, relocation of playgrounds, as well as the protection and commemoration of cemeteries and interpretive elements.

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