Vermont First African Landing Day

Vermont 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. African Landing Day 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 402 year journey, and offers some hope in the continued struggle to dismantle the systems of oppression created by the original sin.

Vermont First African Landing Day was established by the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States; to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; and, to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination have on the United  States.  It offers food, storytelling, dance, drumming, musical performances and more. Vermont First African Landing Day provides 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.

Vermont First African Landing Day “2021”

All are invited to attend Vermont First African Landing Day on August 28, 2021, at Intervale Center, Burlington, Vermont.

The Vermont First African Landing Day “2021” theme “Out of Darkness, Into the Light” highlights our journey as one that demands we learn, teach the truth, pursue, correlate, share AND demand! This will be an all day event with traditional food, storytelling, dance, drumming, musical performances, and more.  The “True Black History Museum” will be featured throughout the day.  

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!

Get your ticket below:

Come and join us on August 28th, 2021, from 10:00 AM till 6:00 PM, at Intervale Center in Burlington, VT for the Third Annual Vermont First African Landing Day. Watch this space for streaming information.

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.

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