African Arrival Day August 19-21
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First African Arrival at Old Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619

In 2019, join the global commemoration of the 400th anniversary of four pivotal happenings in English North America’s Virginia colony: the arrival of the first Africans, the arrival of women, convening of the first General Assembly, and celebration of the first Thanksgiving. The First African Arrival occurred at Point Comfort in 1619, present site of national monument Fort Monroe in present-day Hampton, Virginia.

The Hampton 2019 Commemorative Commission, the Virginia 2019 Commemoration, City of Hampton, Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service invite you to participate in commemoration activities on August 19-21, 2016 in recognition of the first Arrival of Africans in English North America.

Relearn American History

Finding Your Roots Tucker Family

Many Rivers to Cross: The First Africans in Virginia

The African Americans Many Rivers to Cross

Educational Resources