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Cannon Park at Fort Monroe

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3 Ruckman Road
Fort Monroe, Virginia 23651
757-637-7778 https://fortmonroe.org/

May 2022

Annual Commemoration of the 1861 Contraband Decision

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cannon Park at Fort Monroe, 3 Ruckman Road
Fort Monroe, Virginia 23651
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Ceremony by the Contraband Historical Society marking the 161st anniversary of the May 24, 1861, “Contraband Decision” at Fort Monroe, The Contraband Decision was the first successful action by an official of the United States Government to confiscate enslaved people from their enslavers. That action signaled the beginning of the end of slavery in the United States. Featuring a presentation on the life of Harry Jarvis, contraband and soldier, who liberated himself and then fought to liberate others. Ceremony concludes with…

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