Welcome to the International African American Museum! Advanced timed tickets are required for all visitors. Popular dates and times may be sold out.
14 Wharfside StreetCharleston, SC 29401
Museum open 10am to 5pm (last entry 4:00 PM) Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.
IAAM will challenge, illuminate, inspire and, ultimately, will move people to action.
14 Wharfside Street — Charleston, SC 29401
Nov 21, 2023
This webinar focused on the life of Hawkins Wilson, a formerly enslaved man who utilized the Freedmen’s Bureau to try to reconnect with his family that had been separated because of slavery. Hawkins’ letters so clearly describe the destructiveness of enslavement while also showing the hopes the formerly enslaved had in repairing the havoc the slavery system caused to their families.
Hawkins’ 11 May 1867 letter – written at the Freedmen’s Bureau Office in Galveston, Texas – includes a detailed account of which specific slaveholders enslaved his family members and important details such as the locations where they were enslaved.
Records and written accounts like Hawkin’s provide a rich source of genealogy and family history information for descendants wanting to learn more and know more about their ancestors.
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