Yorktown Victory Center

Historical Significance

The Yorktown Victory Center tells the story of the American Revolution from the beginning of colonial unrest to the formation of a new nation, with emphasis on the personal experiences of diverse people of the Revolutionary era. References to African Americans, for whom the concepts of liberty and equality were unrealized during the Revolution, appear throughout the museum. Two African Americans - Jehu Grant, a slave from Rhode Island who ran away from his loyalist master to join the American army in 1777, and Boston King, a carpenter's apprentice who joined the British in 1780 - are profiled in the "Witness to Revolution" gallery.

Physical Description

The people and events of the American Revolution come alive at Yorktown Victory Center through an open-air time line exhibit, evocative indoor galleries and outdoor living history. The outdoor exhibit, "Road to Revolution," outlines both the British and colonist perspectives that led to conflict between the colonies and England. Exhibits and an accompanying film chronicle the Revolutionary era with emphasis on the decisive Yorktown campaign in 1781 that led to American independence. Outdoors, visitors can experience the Revolution first-hand by joining a cannon crew or learn about 18th century medical care in a re-created Continental Army encampment. A re-created 1780's Tidewater farm offers a rare glimpse of how the majority of Virginians lived during the United States' formative years.

Geographical and Contact Information

200 Water Street
Yorktown, Virginia
23690
Phone: 757-253-4838/757-887-1776
Fax: 757-253-5299

Cite this Page:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Yorktown Victory Center,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed August 21, 2017, http://aahistoricsitesva.org/items/show/493.

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