Dare County Library Adult Speakers Series will feature in February a talk, “Roanoke’s Forgotten Colony: The Freedmen’s Colony of 1863-1867,” with Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Ranger Josh Nelson.
The program is to begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Kill Devil Hills Library meeting room or by Zoom. Register online to attend in-person or virtually.
“Centuries after the lost colony, Roanoke Island became home to a new colony, a Freedmen’s Colony, which was established by the army to prepare the formerly enslaved people for life after the war,” information from the library states. “In February of 1862, the Battle of Roanoke Island left the Outer Banks under Union control, which made Roanoke Island a safe haven, a place of refuge for those who sought the protection of the Union Army. Although some freedom seekers continued their journey northward, many of the refugees remained on the island in the Freemen’s Colony that lasted until 1867.”
Nelson is park ranger for a group of interns, volunteers and employees working at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island. Before his post on the Outer Banks, he led the Youth Conservation Corps at Acadia National Park and held positions at Wind Cave National Park, Zion National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Manhattan Project National Historical Park diversified and Carlsbad Caverns.
A link to the Zoom presentation will be sent via email within 24 hours of the event from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not see the email in your inbox, check your spam folder. Programs are not recorded.
For assistance, contact the Kill Devil Hills Library, located at 400 Mustian St., or call 252-441-4331 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.