Commemoration in Vermont
H.R.1242 of the 115th Congress (2017-2018) established the 400 Years of African American History Commission. Section 3, (c), 2 of the law encourages civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, economic, and other organizations throughout the United States to organize and participate in anniversary activities to expand understanding and appreciation of:
- the significance of the arrival of Africans in the United States; and
- the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.
The Governor Philip B. Scott of the State of Vermont has declared August 24th, 2019 as FIRST AFRICAN LANDING DAY in Vermont and that “All in the State of Vermont are encouraged to learn about the Commemoration of the First African Landing Day to expand understanding and appreciation of the significance of the arrival of Africans in the United States; and the contributions of African American in the United States. The 4th Saturday of August shall be henceforth recognized and Commemorated as First African Landing Day in Vermont”
We have featured a commemorative ceremony that included food, storytelling, dance, drumming, musical performances, and more. We will continue to offer additional activities that recognize and commemorate the heritage, struggles and triumphs of African Americans in the United States.