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Alexandria’s Fort Ward Park still neglected

Adrienne Terrell Washington visits the grave of her great-grandfather, William J. Terrell, buried in Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery at Fort Ward Park in Alexandria. (By James A. Parcell for The Washington Post)

In today’s Post, Christy Goodman has an excellent story about how the park is at the center of Alexandria’s debate over how to honor the city’s African American heritage. Part of the cemetery was being used as a dog park. This past winter, archaeologists uncovered 22 more graves there.

“We want our heritage back,” said Adrienne Washington, 61, whose ancestors helped build the Seminary neighborhood. “We worked the land. We love the land. We are buried on the land.”

Read the rest of Christy’s fine story here.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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