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Image of 1962.9.1 - Album of Hampton people and sites, c.1892

1962.9.1 - Album of Hampton people and sites, c.1892

Post-bound photograph album. Many of the photographs document former "Contraband" slaves and their homes and surroundings. Most photographs are cyanotypes, and four are black and white prints. The pages are brittle and all have detached from the album. Text inside front cover reads: "Photographs taken by Mr. Charles Hewins Hampton, Va. (About 1892) Scenes around Hampton From Caroline W. Andrus 805 Park Place Hampton, Va. through Mariners Museum". The photographs in the album may have been taken for the Hampton [Institute] Camera Club, of which Hewins was a member. (Note: gift documentation that accompanied the album recorded the photographer as Mrs. Charles Hewins.)

Image of 1966.1.1 - Freedmen's Village

1966.1.1 - Freedmen's Village

Colorized illustration taken from Harper's Weekly, September 30, 1865, of the Freedmen's Village in Hampton.

Image of 2008.52.2 - A Freedmen's Village

2008.52.2 - A Freedmen's Village

Illustration from Harper's Weekly (September 30, 1865) depicting the Freedmen's Village that was built at the site of the village of Hampton after it was destroyed in 1861. The image is based on an 1864 photograph, probably taken from a rooftop somewhere in the vicinity of present-day Carousel Park, looking northwest.

Image of 2015.11.104 - Iron

2015.11.104 - Iron

5 iron nail fragments.

Image of 2015.11.105 - Iron nail

2015.11.105 - Iron nail

26 iron nail fragments.

Image of 2015.11.106 - Brick

2015.11.106 - Brick

13 brick fragments.

Image of 2015.11.139 - Lead

2015.11.139 - Lead

Lead hardware top.

Image of 2015.11.140 - Brick

2015.11.140 - Brick

2 brick fragments.

Image of 2015.11.107 - Glass

2015.11.107 - Glass

Glass bottle fragment.

Image of 2011.22.318 - Virginia School for Deaf and Blind

2011.22.318 - Virginia School for Deaf and Blind

Plat, labeled (on reverse side of sheet) "Grounds of the Virginia State School for Colored Deaf and Blind Children." Located near the intersection of present-day Aberdeen Road and W. Pembroke Avenue. Sketch includes many on-campus structures including boys and girls buildings, a hospital, a kitchen, the "Industrial Dept." and "Supt's Residence." Surveyed by Girard Chambers. Dated 1938.

Image of 2015.11.108 - Brick

2015.11.108 - Brick

Burned brick fragment.

Image of 2011.22.563 - Grounds of the Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute

2011.22.563 - Grounds of the Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute

Plat, labeled "Grounds of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute." Located in the Phoebus district and includes present-day W. Tyler Street, Cemetery Road, Marshall Avenue, Shore Drive, Armstrong Avenue, Frissell Avenue, and 24th Street. Plat includes multiple academic buildings, dormitories, a chapel, agricultural lands, administrative offices, "K.C. Hospital," the Holly Tree Inn, Hampton National Cemetery, and the "School Cemetery." Also includes Hampton River and Jones Creek. Lower left corner reads, "1C." Created by Girard Chambers. Undated.

Image of 2011.22.749 - Industrial Edition of "The Hampton Monitor":  Jamestown Exposition Supplement

2011.22.749 - Industrial Edition of "The Hampton Monitor": Jamestown Exposition Supplement

Special Industrial and Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition edition of "The Hampton Monitor", published in August 1907. The publication describes the "progress", "character", history, government, economy, business activities, and notable citizens of Hampton, including photos and other images. --Page 1: International Naval Review, Hampton Roads - Jamestown Exposition (image). Introductory Material. --Page 2: Hon. Thornton F. Jones, Mayor (image); Early History; Queen Street, Looking West (image); Rich in History. --Page 3: The Climate and Health (by W.A. Plecker, M.D.); King Street Baptist Church (image); Oyster Tonging in Hampton Roads (image). --Page 4: Ancient St. John's; The Pos

Image of 2015.11.171 - Coal

2015.11.171 - Coal

2 coal fragments.

Image of 2015.11.172 - Spoon

2015.11.172 - Spoon

Copper spoon.

2015.11.0 - Grand Contraband Camp excavation, 44HT0119

This collection contains materials excavated by James River Institute for Archaeology from May to July 2014 from part of Hampton's Grand Contraband Camp, site 44HT0119. The site excavated is located northeast of the intersection of Armistead Avenue and Lincoln Street, on property owned by the Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA). Artifacts recovered include animal bone, ceramics, glass, building materials, and personal items. Concentrations of bone and building materials are heaviest. In May 1861, three slaves escaped from Confederate Hampton to Federally controlled Fort Monroe and petitioned its commander, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler, for asylum. Since Butler was not aut

CC2013.14.0 - Oral history interviews of the First Baptist Church Oral History Project, 2013-2014

Interviews with congregants of First Baptist Church of Hampton, conducted between November 2013 and January 2014. 23 individuals participated in 17 total interviews; interviewers were Jeanette Batts, Sadie Eleazar, Jean Hunter, and Collie Eleazar. The interviews were conducted by the church's Archives Committee for First Baptist Church's 150th anniversary. The interviewers narrate their experiences in Hampton during the Jim Crow era and the role the church played in their lives and within the larger African American community in Hampton.

Image of CC2013.1.1

CC2013.1.1 -

Whittier School report card belonging to Ernestine Ruff for school year 1926-1927. Also indicates promotion from 4th grade to 5th. Signed by parent/guardian Mrs. Helen Ruff and teacher L. L. Truehart.

CC2013.14.1 - Oral history interview with Delores F. Brown, 2013 Nov. 15

Oral history interview recorded through partnership with First Baptist Church of Hampton. Delores F. Brown describes her memories of First Baptist Church, interviewed by Jeanette Batts and Sadie Eleazer, Nov. 15th, 2013. Topics discussed include the need for more internal programs benefitting the congregation of the church, Buckroe Beach picnics, youth programs (including Sunday School, youth choir, and Chesterfield County summer camp), and C. H. Java Circle.

CC2013.15.1 - Oral history interview with Margaret Morgan Sykes, 2013 Nov. 14

Oral history interview recorded through partnership with First Baptist Church of Hampton. Margaret Morgan Sykes describes her memories of First Baptist Church, interviewed by Patricia Nettles-Pegram, Nov. 14th, 2013. Topics discussed include the Lincoln Street African American community, racially integrated neigborhoods in the Phoebus area, Hampton during the Jim Crow era, and Union Elementary School.