"Thirst for Knowledge"Here, under an oak tree, newly freed African American students listened in January 1863 as the Emancipation Proclamation was read aloud. Union Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's "contraband of war" decision at Fort Monroe in 1861 anticipated that day, enabling hundreds of enslaved African Americans to reach freedom in the Union lines. The rising number of "contrabands" camped here prompted the establishment of schools — antebellum slave codes had forbidden the education of slaves — and the freedmen exhibited "a great thirst for knowledge."
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 11:50am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 381645 N 4098260|
|Decimal Degrees||37.02308333, -76.33055000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 1.385', W 76° 19.833'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 1' 23.10" N, 76° 19' 49.98" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 342 Emancipation Dr, Hampton VA 23667, US|
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