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August 24, 2019
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Fort Monroe Continental Park
20 Ingalls Road
Fort Monroe, VA 23651
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1619-2019 Commemoration at Fort Monroe

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Join the 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing in recognition of the first Africans brought to English North America this August 23-25, 2019. Commemorate their arrival 400 years ago at Point Comfort, site of Fort Monroe in Hampton, through museum exhibits, heritage tours, Living History interpretation, multicultural cuisine and crafts, keynote speakers and musical performances, including a Free concert at Hampton Coliseum on Saturday, August 24.

Friday, August 23

9:30-10:30 a.m. - Tucker Family Cemetery Reflection and Commemoration

12-3 p.m. - African American Political Pioneers Luncheon and Panel Discussion at Hampton Roads Convention Center-Paid Ticketed Event

6-8 p.m.- “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House” at the Fort Monroe Community Center – Free Youth Event

6-9 p.m. - “1619-2019: 400 Years of Perseverance” Panel Discussion at Hampton University Memorial Chapel – FREE

Saturday, August 24

6:30-8 a.m. - “Take Me to the Water: Evolving Beyond Slavery” – FREE

Registration Required to Attend. Register HERE

9:30-11 am - African Landing Commemorative Ceremony at Fort Monroe, 20 Ingalls Road

11:30 a.m.-5 pm - Hampton 2019 Commemoration Cultural Activities - FREE
Near Fenwick Road and Ingalls Road, Fort Monroe

  • Exhibitors
  • Children’s Activities
  • Historical Tours
  • Living History
  • Drumming and Dancing Presentations
  • Youth Performances
  • Storytelling
  • Food Trucks
  • Vendors

12-4 p.m. - Black Heritage Tours sponsored by the National Park Service at Fort Monroe

12-3:30 pm-African Landing Day Program events at Fort Monroe 

  • Drum call
  • Parade of flags
  • Libation ceremony
  • National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement
  • Welcome by Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck and Calvin Pearson, founder of Project 1619

6:30-10 p.m. - 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing Concert at Hampton Coliseum - FREE tickets
Featuring Common and Sounds of Blackness

Sunday, August 25

1:30 p.m. - The National Park Service Commemorating 400 Years: Places of Struggle, Community and Triumph 1619-2019-FREE
Fort Monroe Theater 

At Gazebo at Continental Park 2, Fenwick Road, Fort Monroe
2:30 p.m. - Blessing of the Land
2:40 p.m. - Libation Ceremony
2:50 p.m. - The Healing Calls
2:53 p.m. - Healing Launch – Countdown for Bell Ringing
3 p.m. - National Ringing of Bells -- 4 Minutes (1 Minute for each 100 years)

3:30 p.m. - Healing Day Program 

  • Emceed by Anita Blanton, WAVY-TV10 Anchor
  • Commanding General’s Residence, 20 Ingalls Road, Fort Monroe
  • Featuring musical performances by Nicole Michele Aponte, 4Him Gospel Quartet, Damien Sneed, and First Baptist Church Choir
  • invocation by Dr. Rex Ellis, Smithsonian Institute;
  • remarks by Rev. Dr. Michael Battle, Director of the Tutu Center.
  • Keynote address by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, scholar/author Georgetown University.
  • Spoken word performance by Teens With A Purpose
  • Special Dance performance by Transcendence Aerial Dance featuring Addison Messick, Virginia Gymnastics First Place All Around Champion.