Discover the diverse history of the United States through the unique lens of Arlington National Cemetery.

Learn about the origins of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; delve into firsthand accounts of the Spanish-American War from individuals buried at Arlington; and explore local and national African American history, from the Civil War through the civil rights movement.

 

African American History

African American Experience

Discover ANC's rich African American history, from Freedman's Village to celebrated military units.

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Spanish-American War

Spanish-American War

Through sites at ANC, learn how this 1898 conflict transformed America and the 20th-century world.

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Understanding Arlington

Exploring Arlington

Explore the cemetery virtually or in person with our guides to its traditions and operations.

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier turns 100 years old in 2021. Learn about its history and meanings.

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