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August 22, 2020
10:00 AM
Hampton, VA 23669
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African Landing Day Commemoration

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Join the virtual commemoration of African Landing Day beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 on Facebook ( The annual observance recognizes the day in 1619 when a vessel carrying “20 and odd” enslaved Africans arrived at Point Comfort, which is part of present-day Fort Monroe. To begin the program, Gov. Ralph Northam, Rep. Elaine Luria (2nd Congressional District), and Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck will give special remarks. Programming includes drum and dance performances, interviews, interactive community conversations, virtual quilting, and a wreath-laying ceremony. Kelli Lemon, host of the “Coffee with Strangers” podcast, will host the event. The program is presented by the Fort Monroe Authority, National Park Service, Project 1619 and the city of Hampton. In addition, the public is invited to a virtual town hall at 2 p.m., "Lift Your Voice: 1619 and the Power of Collaboration." To attend, registration is required.

Join the online African Landing Day commemoration:
Register for Town Hall: