Northern Virginia Sights

Section 27

  • Ord and Weitzel Dr.
  • Arlington
  • Cemetery

Published 10/28/2015

Fodor's Review

Nearly 3,800 former slaves are buried in this part of Arlington National Cemetery. They're all former residents of Freedman's Village, which operated at the Custis-Lee estate for more than 30 years beginning in 1863 to provide housing, education, and employment training for ex-slaves who had traveled to the capital. In the cemetery the headstones are marked with their names and the word "Civilian" or "Citizen." Buried at Grave 19 in the first row of Section 27 is William Christman, a Union private who died of peritonitis in Washington on May 12, 1864. He was the first soldier (but not the first person) interred at Arlington.

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Ord and Weitzel Dr., near Custis Walk, Arlington, Virginia, 22211, United States

Published 10/28/2015


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