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1619-2019 Commemoration at Fort Monroe

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

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 museum exhibits, heritage tours, Living History interpretation, multicultural cuisine and crafts, keynote speakers and musical performances, including a Free concert at Hampton Coliseum on Saturday, August 24.


Friday 8/23

9:00 am-11:00 am-Tucker Family Cemetery Reflection and Commemoration

12:00 pm-3:00 pm-African-American Political Pioneers Luncheon and Panel Discussion at the Hampton Convention Center-

Paid Ticketed Event

  • Hosted by: Byron Pitts of ABC Nightline, CBS Evening News, and 60 Minutes

Confirmed Panelists: Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton, Former Governor Douglas Wilder, Congressman Bobby Scott, and Former Mayor and State Sen. Howard Lee

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

6:00 pm-9:00 pm- 1619-2019: 400 Years of Perseverance” Panel Discussion at Hampton University Memorial Chapel

  • 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.

Saturday 8/24

6:30 am-8:00 am-Project 1619 Morning Sunrise African Naming Ceremony at Buckroe Beach

9:30 am-11:00 am-2019 African Landing Commemorative Ceremony presented by 2019 Commemoration America’s Evolution and Fort Monroe Authority in partnership with the National Park Service and the City of Hampton. Early arrival is encouraged.

11:30 am-5:00 pm- 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing

  • Exhibitors
    • Contraband Historical Society featuring The Contraband Cabin
    • US Colored Troops
    • National Park Service
    • American Evolution
    • Hampton History Museum
    • Sankofa Projects
    • ASALH-Hampton Roads
    • Maggie Walker House National Historic Site
    • American Civil War Museum
    • Jamestown Yorktown Foundation
    • Hampton University Museum
    • Casemate Museum
    • Heritage Education Group
    • Mariners Museum
    • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    • The Descendants of the Colonial Charity Family
    • “I am 400” Art Banner
    • Black History Museum & Culture Center of Virginia
    • Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum
    • National Trust for Historic Preservation


  • Children’s Activities
    • Mudcloth of Mali Workshop-Young Audiences (11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:45 pm)
      • *Max 20 participants per session
    • Culture Queen Arts and Crafts
    • “Hoop It Up”
      • -A tribute to the first African-American Professional Basketball Players- Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, Chuck Cooper, and Earl Lloyd
    • “The Supersoaker Station”
      • A tribute to African-American Inventor Lonnie Johnson
    • “Hole in One”
      • A tribute to the first African-American professional golf player- Charles Luther Sifford
    • Face Painting
    • Petting Zoo of African Instruments
  • Living History
    • Frederick Douglas
    • Martha Ann Fields
    • James Apostle Fields
    • Shirley Chisolm
    • Maggie Smith
    • Madame C.J. Walker
    • Aggy (Randolph) of Turkey Island
    • Young Gowan Pamphlet
  • Drumming and Dancing Presentations
    • Atumpan Edutainment
    • Riddick Dance
  • Youth Performances
    • Culture Queen
    • The Goode Dance Project
    • Hampton Chapter, Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
    • “I am More!” Youth Event, Remember the 400
  • Storytelling featuring Dylan Pritchett
  • Musical Performances
    • RaJazz
    • Cheick Hamala Diabate
    • Musical Mosaic
    • US Colored Troops Ensemble
  • Food Vendors
    • Kona Ice of Hampton
    • Little Piggy’s Wurst Nightmare 2
    • Jamaica Jamrock Kitchen
    • Got Fish
  • Merchandise Vendors
    • Remember the 400
    • Quilt Lady
    • Graceful Gems
    • Creative Jewelry
    • Homemade Playdough by Jessi
    • Back to Africa
    • Annateiko Designs
    • Jeter
    • Butters and Stuff
    • It’s Your Healthy Hair

12:00 pm-3:30 pm-African Landing Day Program presented by Project 1619

  • 12:00 pm
    • Drum call
    • Drummers from around the country will be invited to participate
    • Parade of flags
  • 12:30 pm -Libation by Chiefs from Cameroon
  • 12:30 pm -National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement
  • 1:20 pm
    • Welcome by Mayor Tuck and Project 1619 Representative
    • Introduction of dignitaries from America and Africa
  • 2:00 pm- KanKouran West African Dance group
  • 3:00 pm -African Naming Ceremony
  • 3:15 pm -Procession to the fishing pier for flower petal throwing ceremony

12:00 pm-4:00 pm-Black Heritage Tours sponsored by the NPS (12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm)

 *Sign up in advance at the Welcome Tents. 25 participants per tour.

Stop 1      Arrival Landing Story –Historical Marker

Stop 2      Lighthouse Keeper-William Roscoe Davis

Stop 3      Contraband Story -Quarters 1

Stop 4      Harriet Tubman – Algernon Oak Tree


6:30 pm-10:00 pm-African Landing Day Concert at the Hampton Coliseum-Sounds of Blackness


Sunday 8/25

1:30pm-2:30 pm- National Park Service Town Hall Meeting: Places of Struggle, Community and Triumph Panel discussion at Fort Monroe Post Theater.

Procession from Theater to Continental Park

3:00 pm-5:30 pm-Day of Healing and Gospel Music Festival at Continental Park

Bell Ringing Across the U.S., Gospel Choir Performances, Libation Ceremony, Blessing of the Land, Ghanaian Drumming. Invocation by Dr. Rex M. Ellis, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution; Welcome by Anita Blanton, Evening Anchor, WAVY TV10; and Keynote Addresses by Rev. Dr. Michael Battle, General Theological Seminary and Director of the Tutu Center and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University Professor of Sociology.



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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