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Date:
February 23, 2020
Time:
3:00 PM
Location:
York Hall
Address:
301 Main Street
Yorktown, VA 23692
Contact:
757.890.4122
Cost:
Free
Fort Monroe
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“Fort Monroe: Arc of Freedom” Historic Lecture

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Local historian Robert Kelly talks about his research to identify and humanize the enslaved who helped build the fort and those who were declared contraband during the Civil War.

Fort Monroe's history is often described as an "Arc of Freedom." From the arrival of the first Africans in English North America in 1619, marking the beginning of the American institution of slavery, to the 1861 "contraband decision" marking the beginning of the end of slavery, to President Barack Obama's 2011 proclamation of the Fort Monroe National Monument, the Fort's history has come full circle. Robert Kelly, President of the Fort Monroe Historical Society, talks about his research to identify and humanize the enslaved who helped build the fort and those who were declared contraband during the Civil War. Mr. Kelly will also discuss the fort's architect, Simon Bernard.