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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 a weekend of events and activities, exhibits, heritage tours, keynote speakers and musical performances, including a Free concert at Hampton Coliseum on Saturday, August 24.
VIEW RECORDING OF AUGUST 24 2019 COMMEMORTIVE CEREMONY HERE.
Schedule of Events
2019 African Landing Commemoration at Fort Monroe August 23-25, 2019.
12:30 pm-1:30 pm Africa to America: The Odyssey of Slavery Town Hall at Norfolk State University Brown Hall
700 park Ave. Norfolk, VA 23504
1:00 pm-4:00 pm 400 Years of African American History Commission Public Hearing
490 Fenwick Rd, Hampton, VA 23651
9:30 am-10:30 am-Tucker Family Cemetery Reflection and Commemoration – FREE
1 Sharon Court, Hampton, VA 23666
*Rain Location Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666
12:00 pm-1:00 pm – Live Broadcast of “Another View” from Fort Monroe Theatre
12:00 pm-3:00 pm – African American Political Pioneers Luncheon and Panel Discussion at the Hampton Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666
- Hosted by: Beverly Burke
- Confirmed Panelists: Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton, Former Governor Douglas Wilder, Congressman Bobby Scott, Sen. Mamie Locke and Former Mayor and State Sen. Howard Lee
Purchase tickets at www.PoliticalPioneersLuncheon.eventbrite.com
6:00 pm-8:00 pm– “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House” Co-Sponsored by A.C.T. 4 Life Match Grant at the Fort Monroe Community Center – Free Youth Event
100 Stillwell Drive, Hampton, VA 23651
Event is sold out. For event details click HERE.
6:00 pm-9:00 pm – “1619-2019: 400 Years of Perseverance” Panel Discussion at Hampton University Memorial Chapel – FREE
100 East Queen Street, Hampton, VA 23669
- Presented by ASALH Hampton Roads Branch. Moderated by Professor Robert Watson with panelists Dr. Derrick P. Alridge, Professor Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Dr. Colita Nichols Fairfax, Dr. Sheila Flemming-Hunter, and Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander.
6:30 am-8:00 am -“Take Me to the Water: Evolving Beyond Slavery”
First Street and Pilot Avenue, Buckroe Beach, VA 23664
- This sunrise service will include a spiritual cleansing and African Naming Ceremony. You must register to participate in the ceremony. The public is invited to attend and witness this spiritual event conducted by African Queen Mothers.
9:30 am-11:00 am – 2019 African Landing Commemorative Ceremony presented by 2019 Commemoration American Evolution and Fort Monroe Authority in partnership with the National Park Service and the City of Hampton. Early arrival is encouraged – FREE
Commanding General’s Residence 20 Ingalls Rd., Fort Monroe, VA 23651
- Remarks from CNN’s Van Jones and an original poem read by Nikki Giovanni
11:30 am-5:00 pm – 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing Cultural Activities – FREE
Chairs and umbrellas permitted.
Near Fenwick Rd. and Ingalls Rd.-Fort Monroe, VA 23651
Drumming and Dancing Presentations
12:00 pm-3:30 pm – African Landing Day Program presented by Project 1619 -FREE
Commanding General’s Residence 20 Ingalls Rd., Fort Monroe, VA 23651
- Drum call
- Drummers from around the country will be invited to participate
- Parade of flags
12:30 pm -Libation by Chiefs from Cameroon
12:50 pm -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
- Introduction of dignitaries from America and Africa
1:50 pm– African Naming Ceremony
2:20 pm -KanKouran West African Dance group
3:00 pm -Procession to the fishing pier for flower petal throwing ceremony
12:00 pm-4:00 pm – Cultural Tours presented by the NPS (12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm) – FREE
Tours leaving from the Welcome Tents at Continental Park-Fort Monroe, VA 23651
*Sign-up in advance at the Welcome Tents. 25 participants per tour.
12:00 pm-5:00 pm – Fort Monroe Visitor And Education Center preview
6:30 pm-10:00 pm – 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing Concert at the Hampton Coliseum – Featuring COMMON with Sounds of Blackness – FREE
1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666
Tickets are available at Hampton Coliseum Box Office, The American Theatre Box Office, and online at www.ticketmaster.com (fees apply). Tickets are free to the public with a limit of 4 tickets per household.
Everyone MUST have ticket to attend. Concert is currently sold out.
Sunday 8/25 Healing Day
Healing Day 2019 will recognize the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English North America in 1619. On August 25, 2019, bells around the nation will ring for 4 minutes, one minute for every 100 years. On this day, through reflection, remembrance and celebration, we can unite and show our appreciation for 400 years of American history.
Healing Day activities include: Children’s Area, Food Trucks, Vendor Booths
1:15 – 2:30pm – Healing Day Town Hall Meeting, Fort Monroe Theatre
2:30pm – Elegba Folklore Society Drummers, Continental Park
3:00 pm – Nationwide Bell Ringing Ceremony, Continental Park
Moment of Silence
Blessing of the Land
- Chief Walt Red Hawk Brown, Chickahominy Tribe
- Chadra Pittman and African Drummers
3:35 pm Performances
- Nicole Michelle Aponte, vocalist
- Transcendence Aerialists
- Elegba Folklore Society Drummers and Dancers
4:00 pm – 8:00pm Main Stage Performances
- United States Colored Troop Ensemble
- Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, host
Negro National Anthem
- Violinist Gina Payne
Healing Day Honors – 633rd Air Base Wing
- Presentation of Colors
- National Anthem
- 21 Gun Salute
- Dr. Rex M. Ellis, The National Museum of African American History & Culture
Healing Day Proclamation
- Mayor Donnie Tuck, City of Hampton
Special Guest Remarks
Expressions of Meaning & Relevance
- “You are Beautiful” dance – Miss Addison Messick
- “What Does Healing Mean?” – Dr. Michael Battle
- Spoken Word Performance – Donovan Pollack & Imagine (Teens with a Purpose)
- Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
400th Distinguished Service Awards Reflections
- Dr. Joseph Green, Commission Chair
- Dr. Eric Williams
Gospel Concert – Rev. Alexis Carrington, Emcee
- Mr. Damien Sneed
- 4 Him Quartet
- First Baptist Choir
For hotel information visit visithampton.com for a full list of hotels in Hampton, VA.
Directions and Parking
Directions from Richmond: Take I-64E to exit 263 Mercury Blvd to Coliseum. Continue straight down Mercury Blvd. Follow signs to Fort Monroe.
Event Staffing will direct you to Free Parking and shuttles will transport you to the hub of 2019 Commemoration activity.