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Arrival of First Enslaved Africans in the English Colony of Virginia Commemorated in Hampton, Virginia August 17 and 20
Published:
7/8/2013 12:46:11 PM


 

Hampton, VA- August 17th and 20th, honor the First Africans who arrived in America on British occupied territory at Point Comfort (Fort Monroe) at the Third annual African Landing Day Commemoration, a program being presented by the City of Hampton, Project 1619 Inc., NJOF Contraband Historical Society, and The Sankofa Projects.

This year’s program will include an interactive panel discussion entitled, “The Preservation of African History and Culture in Colonial America;” a Virginia Juneteenth Jazz & Heritage Reconciliation & Healing Concert featuring Reverend Ron Myers Sr. MD, Todd Ledbetter, Herman Burney, Bob Ransom Jr., Junie McDonald, and William “MoBetter” Ledbetter; and participation in the World Day of Reconciliation & Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement Prayer Service. In addition, there will be a Ritual Day of Remembrance by The Sankofa Projects featuring a libation, drumming, and dancers.

The events will take place at The American Theatre and Fort Monroe. The cost for each activity varies from free to $20.


Third annual African Landing Day Commemoration 2013 Schedule

Saturday, August 17
Symposium
An interactive panel discussion on the Preservation of African History and Culture in Colonial America
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The American Theatre
125 E. Mellen Street
Hampton, VA 23663

Free

Saturday, August 17
Virginia Juneteenth Jazz & Heritage Reconciliation & Healing Concert
Featuring Reverend Ron Myers, Sr. MD; Todd Ledbetter, Herman Burney, Bob Ransom, Jr.; Junie McDonald; and William “MoBetter” Ledbetter.
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The American Theatre
125 E. Mellen Street
Hampton, VA 23663

$20 per person; discount for seniors and children

Tuesday, August 20
World Day of Reconciliation & Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement Prayer Service
Noon

Near Continental Park
Fort Monroe
Hampton, VA 23651

Free

Tuesday, August 20
Ritual Day of Remembrance
Presented by The Sankofa Projects, the ritual includes a libation, drumming, and dancers to honor the first Africans to arrive in British North America.
6:00 p.m.

Near Continental Park
Fort Monroe
Hampton, VA 23651

Free

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