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May 24, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hampton History Museum Facebook Live
Hampton, VA 23669
Grand Contraband Camp LOC VERT
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Searching for Slabtown: The History and Archaeology of Hampton’s Grand Contraband Camp

Monday, May 24, 2021

Dr. Matthew R. Laird, Partner & Senior Researcher of the James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc., will present the archaeological findings from the survey of the community that evolved in the ruins of Hampton after it was abandoned by residents following succession from the Union in 1861. Through mapping, research, and careful excavation in coordination with the City of Hampton, the team located the camp in present-day downtown Hampton. Laird will talk about the discoveries, successes, and challenges in analyzing the artifacts and interpreting the evidence of contraband camps as a window into the past. This talk is part of "Fort Monroe Contraband Decision, and the Legacy of Freedom Seekers," virtual events in conjunction with the Fort Monroe National Monument, Fort Monroe Authority, Contraband Historical Society, and Hampton History Museum in remembrance of Frank Baker, James Townsend, and Shepard Mallory in securing their freedom and those who followed during the Civil War.