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The Freedom House slave pen, once owned by the same slave dealer who sold Solomon Northup into slavery, is remarkably similar to that which is featured in the award-winning film "12 Years a Slave," giving visitors a palpable sense of what slave pens were like during that era. (R Kennedy for ACVA

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The Freedom House slave pen, once owned by the same slave dealer who sold Solomon Northup into slavery, is remarkably similar to that which is featured in the award-winning film "12 Years a Slave," giving visitors a palpable sense of what slave pens were like during that era. (R Kennedy for ACVA

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African-American Heritage Tour Visits Alexandria

Fourth Annual Event to Explore City's Historic Black Sites

Held annually during Black History Month, the African-American Heritage tours have entertained hundreds of individuals who've been treated to visits to such landmarks as the Frederick Douglass House in Anacostia and the African-American Civil War Museum in Northwest.