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Hampton Roads/
Civil War Lecture:
Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong of Hawaii

May 6 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

John V. Quarstein


Advance registration is required whether attending the lecture in person or online.

Presenter: John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the presentation:
Born in Hawaii to Christian missionaries, Samuel Chapman Armstrong joined the US Army after graduating from Williams College in 1862. A strong abolitionist, he commanded the 8th US Colored Troops, who fought with distinction during the siege of Petersburg. After the war, Armstrong was promoted to brigadier general and joined the Freedmen’s Bureau in Hampton, Virginia. Recognizing the need for better educational opportunities for newly freed African Americans, he established Hampton Normal and Industrial Institute in 1868, today’s Hampton University. Booker T. Washington noted that General Armstrong was “the noblest, rarest human being that it has ever been my privilege to meet.”

Advance registration is required whether attending the lecture in person or online.

Attending in person?
This program is free with $1 admission, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members. Seating is limited, and chairs will be spaced out for social distancing in compliance with current CDC safety protocols for COVID-19.
Watching remotely?
This program is free to watch online, and you may register below.

Hampton Roads History Lecture/Civil War Lecture
Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong of Hawaii
Friday, May 6, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)

In person 


This lecture will be in person in the Museum’s McMullen classroom and also livestreamed.
Advance registration is required whether attending in person or watching online.
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Image credit: Samuel Chapman Armstrong, ca. 1865. Courtesy of Library of Congress. 

Pre-registration is required.
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May 6
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT


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