Contraband Historical Society presents “ESCAPE TO FREEDOM”

Fort Monroe Parade Ground 41 Bernard Road, Fort Monroe, Virginia

A daylong family event starting at 11 am with a walk from the intersection of Harrison Street and Ingalls Road to the Parade Ground; followed by musical and historical performances on the Parade Ground, and a concert by celebrated saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Steve Wilson and his combo. 11 AM: A procession of African dancers and drummers,... View Article


Contraband Memorial Candlelight Vigil

Cannon Park at Fort Monroe 3 Ruckman Road, Fort Monroe, Virginia

Join the Contraband Historical Society as they memorialize Frank Baker, James Townsend and Sheppard Mallory, as well as thousands of other freedom seekers who escaped slavery during the Civil War. The Annual Contraband Memorial Candlelight Vigil will be Friday, May 24 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fort Monroe National Monument’s Cannon Park, 3... View Article


Contraband Commemoration

Continental Park at Fort Monroe

On May 24th, 2023 at 7pm at the historic Chapel of the Centurion at Fort Monroe, the Contraband Historical Society will bring together local “Contraband” descendants with a 3rd-great-grandson of Major General Benjamin Butler. The Society annually commemorates this date in 1861, when local enslaved men Frank Baker, Shepard Mallory and James Townsend fled to... View Article