A great many things have happened in Hampton during 400 years and more of history. Listing all of the historic significant persons, places and events in Hampton's history would fill a book, so here are some of the most noteworthy dates and events.
Historical facts of this historical epoch:
- It is historically and contemporaneously significant that the presence of African people have endured in Hampton as a result of the 1619 arrival of Angolan people at Old Point Comfort (Hampton) where the Fort Monroe National Monument is located.
- On or about August 20, 1619, the White Lion enters the Chesapeake Bay, docked at Old Point Comfort with Africans from Angola. John Rolfe, an early English settler, and widower of Pocahontas witnessed this event of about 20 Africans as documented in a letter. Some Angolans stayed in Hampton, and others were taken to plantations up the James River.
- Antonio and Isabella became servants of Captain William Tucker, Commander at (Kecoughtan) Old Point Comfort, and in 1624/5, birthed the first African child, in English North America, named William Tucker.
- William Tucker may have possibly been christened in the Kecoughtan Church near present-day Tyler Street on the campus of Hampton University in January 1624.
- Antonio and Isabella worked in the tobacco fields and cypress groves on the Tucker Plantation in Hampton.
- The Old Point Comfort site would become sacred again, as three men of African descent named Frank Baker, James Townsend and Shepard Mallory, ‘owned’ by Charles King Mallory of Hampton, escaped from working for Confederates in Norfolk, rowed across the Chesapeake Bay on May 23, 1861, to secure their freedom at Fort Monroe. This action was catalyst for the emancipation movement for human freedom.