A New Home for African AmericansDuring the Civil War, many escaped and freed slaves traveled north seeking refuge in Union camps. Thousands crowded into the Federal City. The number of refugees quickly overwhelmed the area's resources. Overcrowding and disease became prevalent. In response to the unhealthy, crowded conditions that developed in and around the District of Columbia, the federal government selected in May 1863 a site on Arlington Heights to build housing for the freed slaves.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 7:31am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 320333 N 4304249|
|Decimal Degrees||38.86875000, -77.07095000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 52.125', W 77° 4.257'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 52' 7.50" N, 77° 4' 15.42" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1301 S Southgate Rd, Arlington VA 22204, US|
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