59th Annual Needlework Show and Events from Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House

The annual Needlework Show hosted by Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, VA will begin March 2nd and run through March 31st. Hand embroidery work is submitted by stitchers and displayed at the Woodlawn mansion which is open to the public for viewing. The show is open everyday except Tuesday.

During the month of March, W+PLH also hosts several events relating to fiber arts. Some of the events are virtual. See below for a list or head straight their website 59th Annual Needlework Show and Events.

  • African American Needlework in the Colonial and Antebellum South (virtual)
  • The Ancestor’s Future: An Afrofuturist Journey Through Fiber Arts (in-person)
  • Headwraps of the African Diaspora’s Past and Present (virtual)
  • Original Antique Samplers (in-person)
  • Shared Sampler Threads (virtual)
  • Passing on the Tradition of Needlearts: Community Conversation (virtual)

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House of Alexandria, Virginia are two private properties open to the public: By W. Thornton c. 1805 & FLWright c.1940. They are owned by National Trust for Historic Preservation. Not only do they offer tours, the buildings and property are used as a venue for events with historical significance as well as weddings.

Through their website, the trust in charge of the properties has statements of land acknowledgement.

  • “…was originally the traditional homeland of the Doeg people, one of three separate tribes of indigenous peoples who inhabited the area around the Potomac River along with the Patawomeck and the Piscataway.”
  • “…as a site of enslavement, we acknowledge the people of West & West-Central African descent who were enslaved by European colonists and forced to live and labor at Woodlawn and the surrounding areas when the lands were plantations overseen by members of the Custis and Washington families, among others.”

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