Toward Freedom: Hampton and the Contraband Exhibit

Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
Region Hampton Roads
Locality Hampton City
Saturday, October 05, 2013 - Sunday, July 27, 2014
Phone: (757) 727-1610

An original and powerful exhibition that tells the story of the men, women, and children who escaped slavery to seek the possibility of freedom at Fort Monroe as "Contraband of War."

The exhibit uses artifacts, documents, photos, recreated settings, and audio-visual presentations, to explore critical questions surrounding slavery and the individuals who changed the world by their actions just one month into the American Civil War.

Importantly, this exhibition explores the legacy of the actions of Shepard Mallory, Frank Baker, and James Townsend after the American Civil War ended, and those national changes and initiatives, including Reconstruction, and the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution that directly impacted the lives of those once called "contraband." The Contraband influence on the shape of Hampton's neighborhoods, culture, and institutions will be examined.

Admission Fee: Adults: $5; Seniors, Active Military, Active NASA, Children ages 4-12: $4; Under 4: Free; Groups (10 or more): $3.

Last Updated: 6/19/2014 11:38 AM
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