Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake

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Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake

Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake” tells the stories of nine servants and slaves who tried to escape from forced servitude between 1728 and 1864. “Freedom” was their goal, but that meant different things to different people at different times. Some escape attempts succeeded, while other runaways were recaptured. For most whose flight is documented in historic newspapers, such as Annapolis’s Maryland Gazette, their fates remain unknown.

“Freedom Bound” is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Historic Annapolis Museum and Store at 99 Main Street and in the nearby Waterfront Warehouse at 4 Pinkney Street. Costumed mannequins, authentic and reproduction artifacts, historic images and newspaper advertisements, hands-on activities, and dramatic video and audio clips all help to tell the tales of real people who struggled for freedom.

Through “Freedom Bound,” visitors will meet people who were treated as property and discover how they resisted that condition and asserted some degree of control over their lives and circumstances. Each of the displays represents an actual individual’s story, but each also tells part of a larger experience shared by thousands of bound workers—indentured servants, slaves, and convict servants—who lived and labored in the Chesapeake region.

Funding and support for “Freedom Bound” provided by:  Institute of Museum and Library Sciences / Maryland Heritage Areas Authority / Maryland Historical Trust / Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission / Severn Savings Bank / Winifred Gordon Foundation / Jane Campbell-Chambliss Auctioneers / Maryland Humanities Council / Harley W. Howell Charitable Foundation

This Event is Brought to You By Historic Annapolis Museum Store

The Museum Store is located on the first floor of the Historic Annapolis Museum building at 99 Main Street. The Museum Store is a shopping destination that makes a difference by supporting the education and preservation mission of Historic Annapolis, a private, non-profit organization. The captivating regional mix of merchandise ties to our Chesapeake Bay heritage with nautical, garden and historic gifts. The store offers a marvelous selection of boat models, tableware, vintage inspired jewelry, crab inspired gifts, books and home décor. We invite you to enjoy the exploration of this quintessential Annapolis shopping experience. Your purchases contribute to maintaining the unique beauty of Annapolis for future generations. The Museum is a donation supported site with exhibits on the second and third floor of the building. The current exhibit is Freedom Bound Runaways of the Chesapeake. The Museum and Store are open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The summer season offers extended hours on Friday and Saturday evenings.