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Date:
May 2, 2022
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Hampton History Museum
Address:
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
Contact:
757-727-1102
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Cost:
Museum members free, non-members $5
Eric Claville Portrait
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The Contraband Decision Legacy

Monday, May 2, 2022

Join us as Eric W. Claville discusses the legacy of the Contraband Decision as he analyzes the struggle for freedom, citizenship, and equal protection under the law from 1861 to 2022. Eric Claville has worked for two and half decades in politics, public policy, education and law. As a political and legal analyst, he has appeared on various news outlets to provide insight on current iss

On May 23, 1861, Three enslaved men, Shepard Mallory, Frank Baker, and James Townsend, escaped to Fort Monroe, setting in motion a mass wave of self-emancipation that eventually would help lead to  abolition of slavery in the United States. Knowing that the secession vote earlier that day changed Virginia’s legal and political landscape, they gambled that they would be allowed to stay at Fort Monroe rather than returned to slavery. They were allowed to remain as “contraband of war,” and by mid-summer, around 1,000 other freedom seekers were gathered near Fort Monroe, known as “Freedom’s Fortress.” 

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