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October 5, 2019
All Day
Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
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Burning of Hampton presentation

Saturday, October 5, 2019

The Hampton History Museum will present a multimedia, live outdoor performance portraying the 1861 Burning of Hampton is scheduled to take place in two presentations on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Downtown Hampton. The Burning of Hampton, Virginia, on Aug. 7, 1861, was one of the first major events of the Civil War. Confederates abandoned the town, then torched it to prevent former enslaved people from settling on their property. The burning allowed freedom-seeking slaves, called Contrabands, to build a new free community on the ruins of the old town. Beginning at sunset in downtown Hampton, the audience will experience an immersive presentation using live action, sound, lighting effects, and projection. The audience will process down King Street engaged by live action vignettes along their journey. The experience will culminate in the acknowledgment of the poignant legacy that remains today of Hampton’s Contraband Community.