Kids! Collect stories about the Civil War and civil rights! The National Park Service is offering more than 500 trading cards to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Visit a park in person to earn a card (sorry, cards cannot be mailed). Ask a ranger or stop by the visitor center at a participating park. You can view all the cards online and discover stories from nearly 90 national parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia. You'll be surprised at what you will learn.
An ardent abolitionist, James, a Union army chaplain, arrived on Roanoke Island, North Carolina in February 1862 and was soon appointed to manage escaped slaves. James tirelessly raised funds and acquired building materials and land for, and designed, the Freedmen's Colony on Roanoke Island. Under James, the colony became a model for other Freedmen communities.
First Light of Freedom
Did You Know?
Roanoke Island was meant to be a brief stop for the 1587 Colonists, but was never planned to be their new home. Their final destination was meant to be the Chesapeake Bay, two days sail further north.