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Hampton History Museum Announces New Programs and Exhibits

HAMPTONThe Hampton History Museum invites all to join September’s virtual programming on Facebook Live. The Port Lecture series will feature award-winning storyteller and historical interpreter Valerie Davis as she reprises her dramatic presentation of Martha Ann Fields’ story of self-liberation. The award-winning band Brackish Water Jamboree will bring the jamboree to you as they perform their original music for this month’s Front Porch Music Series. Also, take a step back in time in remembrance of Hampton’s seaside resort for the 7th annual BayShore Experience and the opening of Hampton History Museum’s newest exhibit.

From Tragedy to Triumph: The Martha Ann Fields Story

Monday, September 13, 7 to 8:00pm

Celebrated award-winning Djelimusa (African storyteller) and historical interpreter, Valerie Davis, captures the physical, historical, and spiritual essence of Martha Ann Fields, a former enslaved cook, as she reveals this true story of love, longing, faith, betrayal, and courage.

Martha Ann Fields took a chance on her future in 1863 when she gathered her eight children and crossed the Pamunkey River in the dead of night to reach Union lines. Travel alongside her on her family’s arduous journey from Nutshell Plantation in Hanover County to Fort Monroe. Learn how “Freedom’s Fortress” played an integral part in establishing her new life as a free woman. Discover the impact her family had on Virginia politics and history in the years following their escape.

Brackish Water Jamboree

Wednesday, September 15, 6 to 8:pm

This lively, award-winning contemporary string band is known for an eclectic mix of foot-stomping bluegrass, old-time folk, and classic Americana featuring guitar, fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and upright bass. Brackish Water Jamboree performs all original music (and a few staple standards) that echo classic country, upbeat Appalachian fiddle tunes, ragtime blues, the Bakersfield sound, and more.

Brackish Water Jamboree is Paul Edward on vocals, banjo and guitar; Joseph Custer on vocals, mandolin, guitar and banjo; Taylor Vertrees on bass; and Amanda Beason on fiddle.

NEW EXHIBIT! Historic Black Beaches: Bay Shore and Other Memorable Sands

Opening to the public Saturday, September 18, 2021

African Americans in many waterfront communities who were denied access to public beaches pooled resources to create their own coastal retreats. Many became vacation destination spots featuring hotels, music halls, and amusement parks. All created special memories including swimming, church services, family fun, and formal dances.

Museum admission is free on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19. The exhibit will continue through Sunday, February 27, 2022.

7th Annual BayShore Experience Event and Display

Saturday, September 18, 6 to 8pm

Join hosts Reginald Robinson and Judy Leonard for the annual celebration of “The Vacation Paradise of the South.” Take a stroll down memory lane of the beloved Hampton seaside resort for African Americans during the Jim Crow Era. Robinson and Leonard will perform skits and sing-alongs, enlighten with history and stories, honor the BayShore Hall of Fame 2021 class, and present the 2021 Charles H. William Award of Leadership.

For more information, call 757-727-1102, visit

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