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

Site of the Corinth Contraband Camp

November 1862 - December 1863

 
 
Site of the Corinth Contraband Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2020
1. Site of the Corinth Contraband Camp Marker
Inscription.  (Main Plaque):
Here a newly freed people took their unswerving first steps on the long road to full citizenship.

(Side Plaque):
"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 AmericansWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 34° 
Main Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2020
2. Main Plaque
56.098′ N, 88° 30.136′ 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 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.) 
 
Side Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2020
3. Side Plaque
Entrance to the Contraband Camp Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2020
4. Entrance to the Contraband Camp Site
The main plaque is to the right of the entrance.
Contraband Camp image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2020
5. Contraband Camp
A low relief at the entrance depicts the contraband camp's streets and shelters.
Self-emancipation of Slaves image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2020
6. Self-emancipation of Slaves
A relief to the left of the entrance, based on a famous photo taken in Virginia, depicts slaves seeking emancipation, crossing a river in search of freedom.
 
 
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.
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