As historical researchers, building connections is what we do.
We’re proud of the work we’ve done on public projects that provide opportunities to engage, educate, and enrich our community.

City of Alexandria’s Community Remembrance Project Research Group

SID founder Maddy McCoy has led the ACRP-RG and been on the Steering Committee since May 2019. Under her leadership, the group researched and wrote narratives detailing Alexandria, Virginia’s two, recorded, fatal lynchings. This project is part of the Equal Justice Initiative, a national organization based in Alabama, whose goal is to document all of the white terror lynching in the U.S between 1877 and 1950.

Alexandria African American Heritage Trail Map Committee

Alexandria, Virginia’s African American history spans from the Potomac River’s edge to the west side of the city. Maddy McCoy is a proud member of the Committee that created the informative Alexandria African American Heritage Trail Map to illuminate the history of the African American community over a span of several centuries.

Learn about the Heritage Trail:


Slavery Inventory Database report guides Alexandria City Council’s decision for naming waterfront park
Read Greater Alexandria Patch article >

Slavery Inventory Database report provides ‘turning point’ for Alexandria waterfront park naming debate
Read The Washington Post article >

SID’s Maddy McCoy provides slave ownership documentation to Alexandria City Council in park naming debate
Read Alexandria Times article >

Maddy McCoy uncovers manumission document of Virginia Lieutenant Governor’s heritage
Read The Washington Post article >

Maddy McCoy’s research helps keep heritage close to Virginia Lieutenant Governor’s heart
Read The Washington Post article >

SID’s Maddy McCoy helps create Fairfax Court Slavery Index
Read The Washington Post article >

Maddy McCoy on Returning the Favor
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“I feel very blessed! I am connected with my family. I am very appreciative of the unbelievable time and research you did. Thank you!”

– Rosalyce L., Slavery Inventory Database user