Videos, Articles and Resources for Kids, Parents and Teachers!
The Great Dismal Swamp
Cool videos and articles about the real place!
Freewater was from my imagination, but the Great Dismal Swamp has real history of maroon/resistance communities. Click the links below to see.
Read more about the Great Dismal Swamp and it's African American history. Click the links below.
See extraordinary photographs and read the deep history of the Great Dismal Swamp from professor and photographer, Jason Francisco.
Preserving African American and Indigenous History of the Great Dismal
Dismal Swamp Company (A history of George Washington in the Great Dismal)
Maroon/Resistance Communities Throughout the Americas
Freewater sprang from my imagination, yet its inspired by an amazing history of maroon communities around the world. Check out this video on Moore Town, Jamaica. A runaway community so large and strong it still exists today. As you watch the video do you see hints of things that you read about in Freewater? Are tree people real? Video.
Quilombo do Camorim
Brazil also has a rich history of quilombo, the Portuguese term for maroon/resistance communities. Listen for similarities in their description of how maroons survived in quilombos and how they survived in the Great Dismal Swamp. Video.