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 Annapoliss 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 individuals story, but each also tells part of a larger experience shared by thousands of bound workersindentured servants, slaves, and convict servantswho 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