The Va. fort that launched self-emancipating black heroes deserves better
Consider a strangely underrecognized challenge for national civic memory: Fort Monroe, Va., which the Army left in 2011.
Early in the Civil War, it saw what historian Edward L. Ayers once called "the greatest moment in American history." Harvard University's Henry Louis Gates Jr. says that was when three black heroes - Frank Baker, Shepard Mallory and James Townsend - forced "the beginning of the end of slavery."
By slipping away from Confederate forces they had been forced to ...