First African Landing Vermont

First African Landing Vermont Commemoration

This commemoration is to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination [have] on the United  States; and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States; and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.  It will feature a commemorative ceremony, food, storytelling, dance, drumming, musical performances, and more. This First African Landing Commemorative Day will offer an opportunity for those who are interested to learn about the heritage, struggles and triumphs of the first Africans who were brought to the shores of what would become the United States.

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 the first enslaved Africans in the English colonies. 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;
  • acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States, and more..

This is a time for Vermont to join the global commemoration
to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619 as we reflect upon one of the historical events that forever changed what would become the the United States and the planet as we know it!

The Commemoration

Come and join us on August 24th, 2019, from 1:00 PM till 4:00 PM at North End Studio A, Burlington, VT for the first-ever Vermont opportunity to Commemorate the First African Landing. Register for First African Landing Day Commemoration here.

We Commemorate in song, with instruments,in dance, in stories, with food, in tradition and in unity. First African Landing Day allows us all to remember our past that we may embrace our future. You can see the program agenda here.

Go here for details on how you can support or sponsor.

About First African Landing Day

As recorded by English colonist John Rolfe, the arrival of “20 and odd” African men and women in late August 1619, was a pivotal moment in the nation’s history. These Africans were stolen by English privateers from a Spanish slave ship and brought to Point Comfort on a ship called the White Lion. Though this first annual African Landing Day Commemoration does not celebrate the circumstances surrounding the arrival of the first Africans to our shores, the commemoration serves as a marker in history that shines a light on the incredibly powerful 400 year journey, and offers some hope in the continued struggle to dismantle the systems of oppression created by the original sin.


Historic Comfort Point is now modern day Hampton, VA

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