Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne and Arlington County Board Vice Chairman J. Walter Tejada will be among the speakers at the dedication of Arlington’s new Freedmans Village Bridge at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. Board Member Jay Fisette also will attend. The ceremony, which will take place under the bridge span, is open to the public.
The replacement overpass for Washington Boulevard at Columbia Pike is named for the settlement community of former slaves that existed from 1863 to 1900 on land that is now part of Arlington National Cemetery. The bridge incorporates iconic images of its historic namesake. The state named the bridge in response to a 2008 request by the County Board. Washington Boulevard is a state route.
- Dedication of the new Freedmans Village Bridge at Washington Boulevard over Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.
- Thursday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.
- On Columbia Pike beneath Washington Boulevard bridge span [detailed directions ]
- Governor Terry McAuliffe
- Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne (master of ceremonies)
- Arlington County Board Vice Chairman J. Walter Tejada
- Arlington County Board Member Jay Fisette
- John Richardson, vice president of the Arlington Historical Society
- Craig Syphax, chairman of the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington