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Special Event: Annual Commemoration of the 1861 Contraband Decision

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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 a candlelight procession from Cannon Park through the old fort’s main gate into “Freedom’s Fortress.” Free admission.


May 24
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Cannon Park
Intersection of Ingalls and Ruckman Road
Fort Monroe, 23651
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Groups of 10 or more people, please call us at 757 690-8181 or email us at visit@FortMonroe.org for group visit arrangements.