1619 Project

The mission of the 1619 Project is to promote Hampton’s rich African-American history. To construct a National Memorial at Fort Monroe by 2019 to honor and remember the 400th Anniversary of the landing of the first Africans on English occupied territory…(read more here).

1619: Virginia’s First Africans Report

This report seeks to make the best and most current scholarly research on Virginia’s first Africans available to
the general public, beginning with general overviews of their landing in Virginia, journey from West Central
Africa to Virginia, and identities and experiences in Virginia between 1619 and 1625.

400 Years of African-American History Commission

The 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act, signed into law January 8, 2018, established a 15-member commission to coordinate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in what would become Virginia. The Commission’s purpose is to plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities throughout the United States that recognize and highlight the resilience and cultural contributions of Africans and African Americans over 400 years.


Pictures from African Landing Day 2017

PBS Arrival of First Africans at Point Comfort

Larry Gibson and Calvin Pearson Interview on the landing of the first Africans

New Journal and Guide Article on African Landing Day

Associated Press, the first Africans

Hidden History – the First Africans

The Descendants of slavery

400 Year Federal Commission on the first Africans

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