Ride to sites associated with Alexandria's extraordinary Black history

Learn about Benjamin Banneker, considered the "first Black man of science." Stop by the Freedom House Museum, where one of the country's largest slave-trading companies used to be. Learn about Virginia Theological Seminary's pioneering reparations initiative, designed to recognize Black people who labored on campus during slavery, Reconstruction, and segregation under Jim Crow laws.

When: Sunday, June 26 at 9:00 a.m. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alexand...n-358050758457.

Where: We'll meet at Jones Point Park, by the bathrooms. The route is about 13 miles, with a mix of trails and streets and some hills: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39705650. If you'd like to join for just part of the ride, that's fine too.

Who: Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome, and we'll wait to regroup if we get separated. We'll be riding on some busier streets with traffic, so everyone will need to be able to control their bike.

For everyone's health and safety, we'll be taking the following precautions:
  • asking everyone to self-screen and not ride if they've experienced symptoms of covid or been exposed to a known covid case within the last 7 days
  • asking people who are not fully vaccinated to give others at least 10 feet of space
  • breaking into small groups based on expected pace
  • keeping an eye on local covid conditions, and cancelling the ride if needed

Thank you to the Forum friends who have volunteered to help with this ride!