Descendants of the Enslaved

New discoveries are found frequently about the lives of the enslaved and their descendants. From where they went after leaving Hampton to what they accomplished. From getting into politics to becoming educators. Freed Enslaved people and descendants of the Enslaved would go on to do great things throughout history and play a huge role in communities. The compilation of people will continue to grow as more is discovered.



  • African American women, named Ida, with her left hand on her chin, and her right hand on her hip
    Ida R. Cummings

    Ida R. Cummings and the Cummings family played a huge role for civil rights in the Baltimore and Towson area.

  • A photo of an African American man, Harry, leaning to the left, with a bowtie on. A formal photo.
    Harry Sythe Cummings

    Harry Sythe Cummings, first African American elected to Baltimore City Council.


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  • c. 1897 image of a tenant farmer woman outside the Enslavement Quarters. NPS
    Revealing the Lives of the Enslaved

    A recent Ethnographic Study uncovered major information on the lives of those enslaved at Hampton and their descendants. Read about it here.

  • Enslaved workers working on the plantation farm by the overseer's house and slave quarters.
    Slavery at Hampton

    From the colonial period through 1864, the Ridgelys enslaved over 500 people. Enslaved persons, from young children to the elderly

  • African American Woman, Nancy Davis, and little white girl Eliza Ridgely
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    People of Hampton

    Hundreds of people lived, worked, and were enslaved at Hampton coinciding America's development as a nation. Explore more of their stories.

Last updated: April 12, 2024

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