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Corinth Contraband Camp

Address: 501 West Linden Street, Corinth, MS 38834
Phone Number: 662-287-9273
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Corinth
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Many African Americans who fled Southern plantations and farms seeking freedom and protection found the Union occupied Corinth to be a secure location. Union General Grenville Dodge understood what effect the defection of thousands of African Americans would have on the Confederate War effort. He began to enlist the escaped slaves who came into his lines as teamsters, cooks, and laborers. He actively recruited male refugees, armed them, and placed them in charge of security at the newly organized contraband camp in Corinth.

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Dover, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This is basically a park with a circular walk among tall trees, alongside of which you find bronze statues of figures who you might have found in the camp in the civil war days. But the statues show both gravitas and whimsy, and are educational in their way.

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Reno, Nevada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
18 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

You should make sure to include this in your visit to Corinth. So much history here. Stop here after you've visited the Civil War Interpretive Center.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you enjoy history, make this a stop next time that you visit Corinth, MS. You will learn about the former slave camp and see very good replica's of camp life in the many statues that line the short circular walkway.

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The site of the village where emancipated slaves lived and worked during the occupation of Corinth during the Civil War is now a quiet walking area with many lovely statues depicting the lives at the camp.

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Iola, Kansas
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110 reviews 110 reviews
60 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Adjacent to the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and part of the National Park Serive Shiloh National Military Park unit. Excellent to learn about the involvement of Northern Mississippi and Southern Tennessee in the war

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Memphis, Tennessee
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137 reviews 137 reviews
77 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

The contraband camp is one of several places in the Corinth area that are Civil war sites. I really wanted to visit this site because the story of slaves and the impact of the Civil war had on their lives often isn't highlighted. I would suggest to visit the Corinth Interpretive center first before heading to the camp. There is... More

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I don't know what we were thinking this would be but it was only a small park area with bronze statues. It would have been helpful to have some background on what happened there. We did go to the interpretive center and that did tell of the slaves lives but something more should be at the contraband camp site itself.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

Great stop while in Corinth. allow about 30 minutes or so to walk through. Start at the interpretive center though so you will know about camp. there isnt info posted. start walk between concrete markers-however to the left near exit is a tree with a brochure on it. we didnt see it until we were leaving. it is a bit... More

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Mpls, MN
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255 reviews 255 reviews
89 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2010

This park is on the spot where a camp for runaway slaves was established during the civil war era. It is a beautiful, peaceful place with a few statues and displays. There are several benches to sit on as you walk around this park.

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Newbern, Tennessee
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150 reviews 150 reviews
120 attraction reviews
561 helpful votes 561 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2010

Many people do not know the story of African-Americans during the Civil War, but this park in Corinth, Miss. brings out an interesting chapter in their saga. Along a concrete walkway, a visitor can see life-size statues depicting the ways that escaped slaves, who gathered in Corinth, in 1862-63, attempted to begin to live free lives. Included are the basics... More

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