Corinth in Alcorn County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Site of the Corinth Contraband Camp
November 1862 - December 1863
Here a newly freed people took their unswerving first steps on the long road to full citizenship.
"This is a great opportunity afforded your race. Will you improve it?"
--Lorenzo Thomas, Adjutant General, United States Army, in a speech to the Corinth Contraband Camp, May 15, 1863
Warmly received amid cheers of the assembled crowd, General Thomas's words formed a challenge met daily by all who strived to fulfill the mission of this camp.
Assisted by the American Missionary Association, some 6,000 ex-slaves here practiced free enterprise, and pursued an education for themselves and their children.
Bravely affirming their unalienable right to equality, men from this camp swelled the ranks of two infantry regiments raised for service in the U.S. Army.
Although short-lived, the Corinth Contraband Camp served as a model endeavor for later United States efforts during the American Civil War.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • War, US Civil.
Location. 34° 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 walking distance of this marker. Contraband Camp (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); An Act to Establish and to Protect National Cemeteries. (approx. 0.8 miles away); C.S.A. Rifle Pit (approx. 0.9 miles away); Corinth Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Corinth Confederate Monument (approx. one mile away); Oak Home (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Oak Home (approx. one mile away); Ft. Robinette (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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 25, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.