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Archer Alexander
1806-1880

Recent research has disclosed that Archer Alexander was actually born enslaved in 1806 in Rockbridge County, Virginia as property of a man named John Alexander.

He is the face of freedom on the Emancipation Monument in Lincoln Park, in Washington, D.C., the only Federal monument dedicated and totally paid for by the former enslaved that Lincoln emancipated, which was dedicated by Frederick Douglass in 1876.

In 1829, Archer and his family was taken to Saint Charles County in Missouri. In 1863, Archer would inform on his owner Richard Pitman and have to flee to St. Louis to avoid lynching. He found refuge in the home of William Greenleaf Eliot, a Unitarian Minister. Archer died on December 8, 1880 and is buried in St. Louis in an unmarked grave.

In 1885, Eliot would pen the slave narrative Archer Alexander – From Slavery to Freedom, which has fictionalized some aspects of Archer’s life. This site is dedicated to telling the untold story that hasn’t been heard until now.