A Taste of Liberty: Fort Monroe and the Grand Contraband Camp

Dr. Matthew R. Laird, Partner & Senior Researcher of the James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc., will present the archaeological findings from the survey of the community that evolved in the ruins of Hampton after it was abandoned by Virginians following succession from the Union in 1861. Through mapping, research, and careful excavation in coordination... View Article


2021 William Tucker 1624 Society African Landing Day

Tucker Family Cemetary 1 Sharon Court, Hampton, VA, United States

This year's theme is Bridging the Gap and the featured speaker will be his Excellency Ambassador Joaquim do Espirito Santo, Angolan Ambassador to the United States. This event is free and open to the public.


1619 Commemoration of the First Enslaved African Landing

Join the First Enslaved African Landing program and concert on Saturday, August 21, at 11 a.m. at Fort Monroe Continental Park.  As we commemorate 402 years of African American history we will reflect on the national and global significance of the African landing and the contributions of Africans and their descendants to American society. Events... View Article


Remembrance Day

Hampton History Museum 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA, United States

For centuries, the history of enslaved Africans was buried under skyscrapers, asphalt, and America’s amnesia. Ten to twenty-thousand unnamed skeletal remains of African men, women and mostly children lay in the heart of Wall Street in lower Manhattan while millions of other human beings drowned in the Atlantic Ocean during the massacre on the Middle... View Article

Contraband Commemoration

Continental Park at Fort Monroe

On May 24th, 2023 at 7pm at the historic Chapel of the Centurion at Fort Monroe, the Contraband Historical Society will bring together local “Contraband” descendants with a 3rd-great-grandson of Major General Benjamin Butler. The Society annually commemorates this date in 1861, when local enslaved men Frank Baker, Shepard Mallory and James Townsend fled to... View Article


Darling Stadium 4111 Victoria Boulevard, Hampton, VA, United States

Celebrate Healthcare’s Second Annual Juneteenth Freedom Fest - Peninsula is back for another exciting Juneteenth event. Guests can enjoy this free festival that will include worship service, cultural arts and entertainment, a job and community resource fair, a book author’s corner and so much more. Special guest entertainment will include Washington D.C. go-go band EU... View Article


African American Heritage Festival

Mill Point Park 100 Eaton Street, Hampton, VA, United States

This popular festival returns to Mill Point Park celebrating Hampton’s rich African American history and featuring over 60 arts and crafts and food vendors, live entertainment, and a children’s area. It’s the same weekend of the Hampton Jazz Festival. Free admission. Sponsored by Project 1619 Inc. and Newport News Shipbuilding.

$25 – $45

Hampton Jazz Festival

The popular music festival is back after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's jazz fest will be from June 23 - 25, 2023. Confirmed artists include: Friday, June 23, 7:30 p.m. Anthony Hamilton Trombone Shorty Stephanie Mills Jonathan Butler Saturday, June 24, 7 p.m. Charlie Wilson Chris Botti Avery Sunshine The... View Article

$75 – $100

757 Extravaganza and Market

Hampton Roads Convention Center 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA, United States

Where music meets art, The 757 Extravaganza Marketplace is alive with our creative culture and jazzy energy! Explore an array of local artisans’ traditional and modern crafts, along with retail items and other amazing finds. Take home a unique keepsake or simply take a stroll to see all of the incredible creativity.  Schedule of events:... View Article

$25 – $45

Enslaved African Landing Day

Continental Park at Fort Monroe

Join the Fort Monroe Authority, National Park Service, Project 1619, and the City of Hampton for the 2023 Commemoration of the First Enslaved African Landing special program. The events reflect on the significance of the 1619 landing of enslaved Africans and the contributions of Africans and their descendants to American society.