Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island 1862 – 1867 http://www.roanokefreedmenscolony.com/

The Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke Island 1862 – 1867 http://www.roanokefreedmenscolony.com/

Wed. July 27, 2016

During the Civil War, Union-occupied Roanoke Island, which lies between the North Carolina mainland and the barrier islands known as the Outer Banks, became home to thousands of former slaves. Initially these refugees settled near the Union headquarters, creating a community that included churches and a school. In the spring of 1863, this camp evolved into a government-sanctioned colony. Major General John G. Foster, Commander of the 18th Army Corps, ordered Horace James, a Congregational minister from New England who was serving as a chaplain in the Union army, to establish a colony of former slaves on the island. Although the Roanoke Island freedmen's colony was an experiment of national significance, few people are aware of its history. This site presents an introduction to the colony and the colonial experiment that was conducted there. It also features some primary sources, maps, and projects for students…

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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site https://www.nps.gov/fora/index.htm

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