Virginia African Landing Day 2019 events for the first enslaved Africans to arrive 400 years ago.


About Hampton Virginia

The city of Hampton, Virginia shares the same zip code with Old Point Comfort where the first documented enslaved Africans arrived on the mainland of English North America onboard a ship named “The White Lion.”

This year the Mayor, the National Park Service and Project 2019 are collaborating to host events. Public events will be staged at Fort Monroe. June 22nd is announced for Juneteenth to recognize when legalized slavery was abolished in the states. August 24th, 2019 is African Landing Day because the first enslaved Africans were brought to the town 400 years ago in 1619.

On Old Point Comfort’s boardwalk, a pole holds a sign that reads …

at Old Point Comfort
Hampton. VA

The first documented Africans in Virginia arrived here in August 1619 on the White Lion, an English privateer based in the Netherlands. Colonial officials traded food for these “20 and odd” Africans, who had been captured from a Portuguese slave ship.

Among present-day Hampton’s earliest African residents were Anthony and Isabella. Their son, William was the first child of African ancestry known to have been born in Virginia (ca. 1624). Many of the earliest Africans were held as slaves, but some individually became free. A legal framework for hereditary, lifelong slavery to Virginia evolved during the 1600s. The United States abolished slavery in 1865.” ]

Around that time, Puritans were living in Holland and in process of acquiring the Mayflower ship for a voyage to northern Virginia. They never did make it there. Circumstances forced them to go further North. They ended up in in a territory now called Massachusetts state.

The state of Virginia nursed the slavery industry and bonded the Confederates of the South to fight for white supremacy.

Events at Fort Point

Saturday, August 24th  –  Continental Park   4 Fenwick Road

  • 11:30 am Drum call.
    Drummers from around the country will be invited to participate.
    Parade of flags. All dignitaries and spectators will be asked to parade into the park behind flags of their African nation or the one they feel connected to.
  • 12:00 pm – Libation, Chiefs of Cameroon.
  • 12:20 pm – National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement.
  • 12:50 pm – Welcome by Mayor Tuck and Project 1619 Representative. Introduction of dignitaries from America and Africa.
  • 1:30 pm  African Naming Ceremony
  • 1:45 pm KanKouran West African Dance group. 
  • 2:45 pm Procession to the fishing pier for flower petal throwing ceremony.

Mayors Welcome and Reception of African Dignitaries
Chamberlin at Fort Monroe, 2 Fenwick Road

  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Food and Refreshments
    by Invitation only
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Things to do in Hampton

Hampton University Museum
Founded in 1868, this African American museum features fine arts & exhibits on University history.

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Buckroe Beach and Park
This recreational beach park offers kayak paddleboat rentals, a playground, stage pavilion & picnic sites and more.

CaseMate Museum of Fort Monroe
The Casemate Museum of Fort Monroe chronicles Fort Monroe’s colonial roots & its military role from the 19th century onward.

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