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400 Years Forward

In Hampton, we are looking forward. Forward to the next 400 years of honoring our history, culture and future. Join us in 2021 for 400 Years Forward African American heritage programs, tours and events.

2019 marked the global commemoration of the 400th anniversary of four pivotal happenings in English North America’s Virginia colony: the landing of the first Africans, the landing of women, convening of the first General Assembly, and celebration of the first Thanksgiving. The First African Landing occurred at Point Comfort in 1619, present site of national monument Fort Monroe in present-day Hampton, Virginia.

The Hampton 2019 Commemorative Commission, the Virginia 2019 Commemoration, City of Hampton, Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service hosted the commemoration activities on August 23-25, 2019 in recognition of the first Landing of Africans in English North America.