Honoring USCT Nelson Ballard
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THE CONTRABAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
A Division of Hampton Apple Tree Club House, Inc.
The Contraband Historical Society
is an organization of concerned citizens, whose mission is to
research, preserve and promote the history, legacy, and contributions
of the slaves, who were considered “Contraband of War. ”They
were liberated on May 24, 1861 at Fortress Monroe, Virginia by
Commanding Officer Major General Benjamin F. Butler. Butler's
far-reaching gesture prompted thousands of slaves to run to Hampton
to Fort Monroe to get behind Union lines and join in the Union's
war effort in exchange for their liberation. As a result, Fort
Monroe became known as “Freedom's Fortress."
a copy of the wonderful DVD production "Freedom's Fortress"
The Contraband Slave Story."
Produced by Gerri Hollins
Filmed by JenPhi Productions