Alexandria, VA

Despite the coronavirus pandemic and economic woes afflicting Alexandrians, there’s a rare bright spot today: the art project at Waterfront Park in Old Town is nearly complete and on-course to be finished next week.

The designs for the new art project from Olalekan Jeyifous at the park were first unveiled last year. They depict silhouetted figures representing the city’s history of slavery and its role in building the industries Alexandria was later known for.

Many of the silhouettes are currently in place at the park, with the images on the ground evocative of African-American quilting.

The project is still on track to be completed by Friday, March 27, according to city spokesperson Craig Fifer.

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