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SATURDAY

If all politics is local, the same can be said of history. Witness the Alexandria Black History Resource Center’s presentation of “Reading the Word: The Church and African American Education.” Encompassing a variety of religious traditions from Quakerism to Islam, the exhibition has picked up some local touches during its stint in Alexandria. Take, for example, the Bible of George Seaton, architect and builder of the Snowden School for Boys and the Hallowell School for Girls—the city’s first public schools for African-American students. And given that many churches took the lead in educating former slaves, the exhibition includes items from local congregations, including an 1880s organ from Shiloh Baptist Church, a Bible from Roberts Memorial United Methodist, and ephemera such as diplomas and church programs. Curator Dr. Lauranett Lee speaks today at 1 p.m. at the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St., Alexandria. Free. For reservations call (703) 838-4356. (Joe Dempsey)