The AAHGS Hampton Roads Chapter will meet this Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Hampton Public Library on Victoria Blvd. in Hampton VA at 10 AM. Our speaker will be Robert Kelly, President of the Fort Monroe Historical Society. Mr. Kelly served as the Research and Preservation Assistant for the Fort Monroe Authority from 2011-2014 and was named Casement Museum Historian in 2014. He will be presenting information from the current research being done at Fort Monroe which appears in an article just published.
“Humanizing the Enslaved of Fort Monroe’s Arc of Freedom,” that was recently published in the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, hosted by Yale University.
The article features newly completed archival research that pertains specifically to the enslaved and contraband laborers who worked at Fort Monroe during the 19th century.
Learn more about the ongoing research to identify by first and last name, both the enslaved people that helped build Fort Monroe and those who sought refuge at the fort during the Civil War. Also, hear about newly discovered evidence that may substantiate the oral tradition of Shepard Mallory as one of the first three contrabands.