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).
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.
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