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August 2016

African Arrival Commemorative Ceremony

August 20, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Located in Continental Park, presented by ceremony founder Project 1619, sponsored by the 2019 Commemoration. Featuring performances, prayer, and a libation ceremony in recognition of the sacrifices and contributions of Africans to the early formation of this nation.   African Naming Ceremony - Experience the traditional African naming ceremony performed by an African spiritual leader based on the individual’s spirit and social conscientiousness of their ancestry. A name is ones direct link to ones history, ones culture, and thus to ones…

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Casemate Museum

August 20, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Casemate Museum, 20 Bernard Rd + Google Map

Casemate Museum Open, featuring new Contraband Exhibit and storyteller in the Courtyard reading "Under the Freedom Tree" and "Henry's Freedom Box." The Casemate Museum chronicles the history of the fort and the Coast Artillery Corps. During the Civil War, more than 6,000 enslaved men, women and children escaped to Union-held Fort Monroe, earning it the nickname, “Freedom’s Fortress.” Highlights include the quarters where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned with special exhibit of the cell door. Additional Fort Monroe sites…

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Film viewing in Fort Monroe Theatre

August 20, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 4:50 pm
Fort Monroe Theatre,

11:00 am and 2:45 pm Film Showing at Fort Monroe Theatre “Motherland” (124 minutes per showing) 1:30 pm – 2:35 pm - Community Talent Showcase 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm - Middleton Academy Dance presents African Cinderella Theatrical Piece 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm - Middleton Academy Dance presents Performance (Lamban) 2:30 pm – 2:35 pm - Beauty for Ashes Contemporary School of Dance "Motherland" is the most powerful documentary on Africa. Fusing history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues, Motherland…

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Welcome Ceremony

August 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Continental Park at Fort Monroe,

Welcome by Virginia and Hampton officials followed by keynote address and musical performance. Hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies Barbara Hamm Lee · National Anthem performed by EMA Live · Greeting by Mayor Tuck · Welcome by 2019 Commemoration Co-Chairs Senator Norment and Delegate Cox · Keynote address by American Journalist Roland Martin · Official Greeting by Congressman Scott – Reading of letter from President Barack Obama · Governor McAuliffe officially launches the 2019 Commemoration · Godspeed Sail-By with Cannon Blast…

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Godspeed Sail-By

August 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Continental Park at Fort Monroe,

Following Friday's public tours on the Downtown Hampton waterfront, the Godspeed participates in the African Arrival Day commemorations with her presence within view of Fort Monroe's Continental Park. Directions to Continental Park, please use the following: Upon entering the Fort Monroe Peninsula at the light take the Right fork onto McNair Dr. Continuing on McNair, pass the Marina and as McNair Dr curves to the left at The Chamberlin it becomes Fenwick Rd. At the stop sign Continental Park will…

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Family Activities in Continental Park

August 20, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Continental Park at Fort Monroe,

  Family activities in Continental Park feature African Dancers and Drummers, character reenactments and interpretations, and storytelling.  Fun with sidewalk chalk, balloon making, temporary tattoos and life-size games. Family Area Schedule (11:00 am - 4:00pm) Performing Arts Interactive Demonstrations Historical Area Play Zone   Performing Arts Section Dylan Pritchett Storyteller (11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm) (30 mins) African Dance group lessons (11:30am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm) (20 mins) Middleton Academy of Dance  (11:45am, 12:45pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm) (5…

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Live Musical Entertainment in Continental Park

August 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Continental Park, Fort Monroe
Hampton, VA United States
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Live regional musical artists perform throughout the afternoon, featuring EMA, Strictly Business, Rhythm Project, and the Jae Sinnett Trio. 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Musical Mosaic and EMA Music and Arts Presents “EMA Live” 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm TRADOC Band 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Jae Sinnett Jazz Trio 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Strictly Business 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Rhythm Project

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Juneteenth Jazz Concert

August 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The American Theatre, 125 E Mellen St + Google Map

Juneteenth Jazz Concert at The American Theatre – presented by Project 1619, sponsored by Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau Featuring Juneteenth Foundation Founder Rev. Ronald Myers on trumpet and piano; legendary Jazz Artists Bassist Herman Burney and Saxophonist Todd Ledbetter; local favorites include Bob Ransom, Jr. on trumpet and Junie McDonald on drums. A special guest performance by the sensational vocalist Dr. Patricia Saunders Nixon; and a theatrical dance performance by Beauty For Ashes. $20 Ticketmaster.  

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Community Talent Showcase

August 21, 2016
Fort Monroe Theater, 23663 United States + Google Map

Featuring youth performances from Middleton Academy Dance and Beauty for Ashes Dance and Theater Company.

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Project 1619 African Diaspora Film Program

August 21, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The American Theatre, 125 E Mellen St + Google Map

Project 1619 African Diaspora Film Program at The American Theatre, presented by Project 1619 and sponsored by Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau. Featuring the film “Bound – African vs African Americans” The film program is intended to illustrate the cultural and historical aspects of the African Diaspora. When asked about his overarching hopes for the film, Director Peres Owino’s shared, “Bound speaks about how we connect to each other as a people, our experiences, each other, humanity, the great human…

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