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Freedmen's Colony 150th

North Carolina

May 18, 2013

Freedmen's Colony 150th Anniversary to be Commemorated

On Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:00am, the National Park Service will present a ceremony to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the establishment of the Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony. The public is welcome to attend this event to remember the Freedmen's Colony and celebrate this first 150 years of freedom.

Formally established on May 14, 1863, the Freedmen's Colony became home to 3,500 former slaves - men, women, and children. It was the first community of its kind in North Carolina. At its height, the colony provided its residents with land to farm, schools to obtain an education, places to worship, and jobs to learn skills and earn a living.

The event will start at 10:00am at the Dare County Old Swimming Hole Park at 410 Airport Road, Manteo, NC, and, from there, the event will then 'journey' to the visitor center at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

Contact Person: Cyndy Holda

Contact Information: 252-475-9034 (main phone) / cyndy_holda@nps.gov