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Corinth in Alcorn County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Contraband Camp

 
 
Contraband Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2020
1. Contraband Camp Marker
Inscription.  The Corinth Contraband Camp offered former slaves the first step toward self-sustainability and freedom through profitable farming. These men, women and children grew 300 acres of cotton and 400 acres of vegetables. All of the crops were sold, and the profits combined to around $5,000 per month, which would exceed $70,000 in today's money

Individuals also had smaller gardens that fed themselves and their families. These gardens consisted of tomatoes, cabbages, sweet potatoes, and other vegetables. This was the first time that many of the former slaves had grown crops for themselves rather than for someone else's benefit.

Even though the Corinth Contraband Camp was only active for little more than a year. It helped over 6,000 African Americans take a major step toward eventual citizenship. These newly freed African Americans would go on to use their skills they learned at the Corinth Contraband Camp to let families work paid jobs and become self-sufficient members of society.

This working garden was designed
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, US Civil.
 
Location.
Farming and Gardening image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2020
2. Farming and Gardening
A figure depicting a man farming or gardening in the contraband camp.
34° 56.118′ N, 88° 30.066′ W. Marker is in Corinth, Mississippi, in Alcorn County. Marker is on North Parkway Street, on the right when traveling north. Located within the Corinth Contraband Camp unit of Shiloh National Military Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corinth MS 38834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Corinth Contraband Camp (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); An Act to Establish and to Protect National Cemeteries. (approx. 0.9 miles away); C.S.A. Rifle Pit (approx. 0.9 miles away); Corinth Confederate Memorial (approx. one mile away); Corinth Confederate Monument (approx. one mile away); Ft. Robinette (approx. one mile away); Oak Home (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Oak Home (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corinth.
 
Also see . . .  Corinth Contraband Camp. National Park Service website offering additional interpretation and site information. (Submitted on July 25, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Contraband Camp image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2020
3. Contraband Camp
The marker appears in the far center of this view of the contraband camp site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on July 25, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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