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A bronze sculpture of the Edmonson sisters, two former slaves, stands at 1707 Duke St., where former slave pens used to be. The Edmonson sisters were held in Joseph Bruin’s slave jail after they attempted to escape from Washington D.C in 1848 on the ship Pearl. The sisters were eventually bought and freed by their father, a free black man. The sculpture was erected by Erik Blome in 2010 and is a memorial to the Edmonson sisters and others who suffered at the slave jail.

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Alexandria: Historic Sites

Some Historic Sites in Alexandria


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