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Address: 902 N Parkway St, Corinth, MS 38834
Phone Number: +1 662-287-9273
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Many African Americans who fled Southern plantations and farms seeking...

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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Visit the civil war center first

My mom and I recently visited, and I would highly recommend first visiting the Interpretive center. They show a 20 minute video which gives insight into the history of the area as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 9, 2016
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Doha
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

My mom and I recently visited, and I would highly recommend first visiting the Interpretive center. They show a 20 minute video which gives insight into the history of the area as well as the camp. The camp had some stunning sculptures depicting life at the time, but without knowing about the area and its significance it may not have... More 

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Fairfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

The Contraband Camp is a park with a nice, smooth walking path and cast statuary along the trail. It doesn't take long to go through but the attention it gives to the experience of former slaves during the war is worthwhile. The site seems to be built for growth and I hope that more is added as time goes on.

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alberta
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

I was hoping for more...I've read stories about these camps and the impact it had on escaped slaves and the war effort. All this is, is a park with statues representing activities or events. Not much detail. Interesting, but unless you're in the area, not worth going out of your way to see.

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Morehead, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2015

It gave me an understanding of just what the blacks had to go through! Eye opening stuff! This place showed the creativity of all slaves and their ability to thrive!

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2015

The Camp is an historic site and part of the Corinth Civil War experience where freed slaves lived and worked while the Union occupied Corinth. While there are no plaques to explain what happened there, there are beautiful bronze statues that line a walking trail. It is a strikingly silent way to absorb history. The tall trees offer peace (as... More 

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Rocky Top, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2015

Large open park with walking paths to statues that tell the story of escaping slaves who had a large camp here. Today the park is just a portion of that large 'contraband' camp - as at one time runaway slaves were considered contraband and subject to immediate arrest / seizure in all U.S. states. Interesting history.

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Appleton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2015

There are only six sculptures here, but they are definitely worth seeing. We spent about 20 minutes here, so if you can fit it in, I strongly recommend it. The park is open from dawn to dusk. The figures are very lifelike and make you think, especially the one with the books. It would be nice if flowers could be... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2015

The National Park Service has done another outstanding job with this small park. It consists of, perhaps, two city blocks in area with a leisurely walkway around the periphery that features a half dozen wonderful, life-sized bronze statues of escaped slaves who found a new life and are starting on their long road to freedom. It is a very moving... More 

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Dover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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