_City News

Posted on: August 8, 2016

Arrival of first Africans in English America will be celebrated Aug 19, 20, 21

new first landing

Aug. 9, 2016 - Hampton's 2019 Commemorative Commission, the Virginia 2019 Commemoration, Fort Monroe Authority, National Park Service, Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau and Project 1619 are among the sponsors for a series of activities this year commemorating the arrival of the first Africans in English North America in August of 1619.

In honor of that event, the Hampton History Museum is opening a new exhibit that tells how the Dutch ship named White Lion arrived at Point Comfort - now part of Fort Monroe, in 1619 and delivered "20 and odd negroes" from Angola who were traded for provision and other supplies. Those men would later become either servants or slaves.

The exhibit will be installed in the ships hold of the Port Gallery on the first floor of the museum. It includes new artifacts and images and presents a treasure trove of recent research. There will be free admission Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 21, from 1-5 p.m.

Several other commemorative events are planned for that weekend. Visit the Hampton, Va 2019 Commemorative Commission website for more news about events related to the anniversary, including tours of the ship Godspeed, which will be docked in downtown Hampton, and a special commemorative ceremony in Fort Monroe's Continental Park on Aug. 20.

Commission website
Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in _City News

snow graphic

Hampton snow-related closings

Posted on: January 6, 2017

Community Pool Days

Posted on: June 6, 2016

Prepare now for hurricane season

Posted on: June 6, 2016

Holiday closing list

Posted on: June 6, 2016

Turn in unwanted prescription drugs

Posted on: April 29, 2016

Neighborhood Award winners announced

Posted on: April 25, 2016

Race may lead to downtown detours

Posted on: April 5, 2016

Join the fun and walk Hampton clean

Posted on: March 24, 2016

Nominees sought for 2016 Unity Awards

Posted on: March 22, 2016

Nominees sought for 2016 Unity Awards

Posted on: March 17, 2016

It's time for time to spring forward

Posted on: March 11, 2016

City prepares for snow Friday afternoon

Posted on: February 12, 2016

Winter weather advisory issued for Friday

Posted on: February 11, 2016

Recycling dropoff sites available

Posted on: January 27, 2016

Health Insurance Enrollfest

Posted on: January 19, 2016

City preparing for snow, rain

Posted on: January 20, 2016