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  • Investigating The Crime Of The Slave Ship Clotilda

    Dr. Natalie S. Robertson devoted 30 years of research, from Benin to Alabama, shares the story of Clotilda, the last American slave ship, and to tell the startling truth about the Clotilda smuggling crime.

  • Africa’s Kingdoms and Maritime Cultures: The Nilotic People

    Nilotic Peoples delves into the cultures, traditions, and practices of many of these tribal groups, and how they are viewed in our world today.

  • Abraham Lincoln, the Black Man’s President

    For the first time in the history of the United States, black people saw the president as their president and the White House as their people’s house.

  • More Hidden Histories Revealed

    After asking the community to help us gather full names and personal stories to bring recognition to these men, our understanding of the richness of our local, national, and global communities expanded greatly.

  • Hidden Histories: The Quest continues…

    • Black History
    • Collections
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Hampton Roads History

    “Hidden Histories” is a Museum project designed to give names, agency, and interpretation of unidentified African Americans in our Collections through genealogical research and community engagement.

  • Juneteenth, What’s it all about?

    • Black History
    • Cultural Heritage

    Tomorrow marks the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest commemoration marking the end of slavery in the United States of America. Frederick Douglass, a former enslaved person himself, even referred to it as the second Independence Day. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, the word “Juneteenth” is an amalgamation of “June” and the “19th.”. Let’s turn back the hands of time for a moment and look at what happened 156 years ago.

  • WAVES Trailblazers: Lt. j.g. Harriet Ida Pickens and Ensign Frances Wills, the first African-American WAVES officers

    • Black History
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Military
    • Women's History

    With this blog I’d like to delve a little deeper, and talk about two specific WAVES: Lt j.g. Harriet Ida Pickens and Ensign Frances Wills, the first African American women to join the WAVES, and the first African American officers in the WAVES.

  • Ben Butler and the Contrabands

    • Black History
    • Civil War
    • Military
    • Military Conflict

    Frank Baker, James Townsend, and Shepard Mallory seeking their freedom, made their way onto Fort Monroe. Butler refused to return the runaways and called them ‘Contraband of War.’ Their decision helped transform the Civil War into a conflict between the states and a struggle for freedom.

  • Hidden Histories: The Quest to Put Names to Our Past

    • Black History
    • Collections
    • Photography

    For a while, the images of the Black men who built our Museum remained anonymous, despite our efforts to try to identify them. All we really had to go on was that they worked here. So that is where we started.

  • Who was Captain of the Andrew Harder? A Mystery Solved

    • Black History
    • Collections

    I found a small logbook dating from the Civil War kept by the captain of the steamer Andrew Harder. But my choice of Log 192 involved an inherent mystery we had hoped Thomas might be able to solve for us. Who was this diarist?

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