Army Post Played Major Role in Civil War, Offered Freedom to Slaves

Oct 25, 2017
HAMPTON, VA. - If you're headed to some of the most popular beaches in the mid-Atlantic, chances are you'll encounter the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel.

Thousands of drivers use that stretch of Interstate 64 every day, to get to Hampton, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach.

Well, a stone's throw from that bridge, you'll find historic Fort Monroe, in Hampton.

The former army post played a major role in the Civil War.

But, it also served as the gateway to freedom for thousands of enslaved African Americans.

In this Hidden History report, Don Roberts shows us how at least one historian compares the fort to New York's famed Ellis Island.

The Ellis Island, New York, was the gateway to freedom for millions of European immigrants.

They fled poverty and oppression, for a chance to achieve the American Dream.

Well, one noted historian says there was another Ellis Island, for African Americans.

In 1619 A ship with about 20 African captives goes into the Chesapeake Bay, lands at Fort Monroe, which was then called Fort Algernon," says Adam Goodheart.

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