Hampton History Museum and Visitor's Center

Toward Freedom: Hampton and the Contraband

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RWD worked with the Hampton History Museum to create a powerful exhibition that tells the story of individuals who escaped slavery to seek freedom at Fort Monroe during the American Civil War. Artifacts, documents, photos, recreated environments, and A/V media illustrate the lives of the individuals who, one month into the war, decided to act upon their instincts in order to pursue freedom as "Contrabands of War." The exhibition unveils answers to many questions such as: Who freed the slaves? How did the courageous act of three enslaved men change the dynamic of the Civil War and lives of millions of other slaves? Why isn't the story of the Contrabands better known? A recreated Contraband cabin allows visitors to explore the harsh price of freedom and the personal lives of the men, women, and children who had newly emerged from slavery. The influence of Reconstruction, the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution, and Hampton's culture on the Contraband are also showcased within the exhibition.


Hampton History Museum and Visitor's Center


Hampton, VA

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