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1619-2019 Commemoration at Fort Monroe

August 24 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

The 2019 Commemoration is a series of programs, events, and exhibits taking place throughout the 2019 calendar year that will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first African landing at Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia. The Hampton 2019 Commemorative Commission’s role is to implement a plan to commemorate the 1619 landing of Africans in English North America, seeking international recognition of enslaved Africans’ and their point of entry at Point Comfort in English-occupied North America, and realizing this vision through discourse, planning and promotion of activities that broadly engage local, national and international audiences.

Weekend Schedule of Events

2019 African Landing Commemoration at Fort Monroe August 23-25, 2019

Friday 8/23

11:00 am-1:00 pm-Tucker Family Cemetery Reflection and Commemoration

12:00 pm-3:00 pm-Political Firsts Luncheon at Hampton Convention Center-Paid Ticketed Event (150-200 ppl)

  • Confirmed Panelists: Former Sen. Carol Mosely Braun, Former Governor Douglas Wilder, and Former Sen. Howard Lee

6:00 pm-7:00 pm-VIP Open House at Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center

6:00 pm-8:00 pm- “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the Main House” at Fort Monroe Community Center-Free Youth Event

7:00 pm-8:30 pm-VIP Reception at the Commanding General’s Residence and Garden

Saturday 8/24

9:30 am-11:00 am-Commemoration and Visitor Center Dedication Ceremony at Fort Monroe

11:30 am-5:00 pm-City of Hampton 2019 Commemorative Program at Continental Park

  • Food Trucks
  • Vendors
  • Cultural Group Displays
  • Exhibitors
  • Children’s Activities
  • Living History
  • Drumming and Dancing Presentations
  • Youth Performances
  • Storytelling
  • Musical Performances
  • Giveaways

12:00 pm-3:30 pm-African Landing Day Program presented by Project 1619 (Times subject to change)

12:00 pm-4:00 pm-Black Heritage Tours sponsored by the NPS at Fort Monroe (With park rangers and Vols.)

4:00 pm-6:00 pm-Mayor’s VIP Reception at Chamberlin Hotel in Main Dining Room (150 people)

6:00 pm-10:00 pm-African Landing Day Concert at Paradise Ocean Club-Sounds of Blackness

Sunday 8/25

3:00 pm-7:00 pm-Day of Healing and Gospel Music Festival at Continental Park

Bell Ringing Across the U.S.

-Gospel Choir Performance


August 24
11:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau


Fort Monroe
20 Ingalls Road
Fort Monroe, VA 23651
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