VIDEO: Latino Heritage Internship Program intern Isabel Gonzalez tells the story of the Freedmen’s Colony

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On Sunday, June 19, the United States observed Juneteenth National Independence Day, a federal holiday commemorating the end of enslavement in the United States.

Our friends from Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc., and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site hosted special events on Roanoke Island to celebrate the day and to remember and honor the members of the Freedmen’s Colony and their descendants, many of whom live on or near Roanoke Island today.

To learn more about the Freedmen’s Colony on Roanoke Island, watch the video below as Latino Heritage Program Intern Isabel Gonzalez shares the harrowing and inspiring story of the men, women, and children who came to the island seeking a safe haven and freedom.