February 14, 2020
The public is invited to attend a free history presentation about Fort Monroe from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, in York Hall, 301 Main Street in historic Yorktown. Mr. Robert Kelly, president of the Fort Monroe Historical Society, will share his research to tell the stories of the enslaved people who helped build the fort and those who were declared contraband at the site during the Civil War.
Fort Monroe's history spans the saga of America - from the 17th century to present day - and holds a unique position in both the beginning and ending of slavery, with the first Africans in the English colonies of North America landing in 1619 at what was to be the future site of the fort. The seed for the 1861 "contraband decision" was sown at the fort beginning the end of slavery in America.
This program is sponsored by the York County Historical Committee and is the first of three historical lectures the committee is sponsoring this winter and spring. For more information about this presentation, please call York County Parks & Recreation at (757) 890-3500.