400 Years of African American History

Fort Monroe Healing Day

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Time: 3-7 p.m.

Continental Park

Fort Monroe, VA


A day of healing and reconciliation for all people. Bells will ring simultaneously across the nation for one minute to honor the first Africans who landed here in 1619.

Hampton 2019 Commemorative Commission Documentary

August 22-25, 2019

Fort Monroe: 2019 Events & Programs

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Fort Monroe Programs

2019 is a pivotal year for the Fort Monroe National Monument, marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to English North America. The entire year is dedicated to those “20 and odd” who were brought here on an English privateer ship named the White Lion. Join us for a year highlighting this American story and the significant African and African American experience.

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City of Hampton Programs

The City of Hampton will promote the history of the first Africans in the new world and to plan events leading up to a yearlong remembrance-commemoration program in 2019.

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American Evolution Programs

AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ commemorates the 400th anniversary of several key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. Featured events, programs, and legacy projects inspire local, national, and international engagement in the themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity. Embrace black history and African American contributions.

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Additional Resources

400 Years of African American History Commission Website

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The 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act, signed into law January 8, 2018, established a 15-member commission to coordinate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in the English colonies. The Commission will meet at least three times a year.

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Association for the Study of African American Life and History

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 In his 1944 study, An American Dilemma, Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal posed a question for Americans: How could they reconcile their nation’s ideals of equality, justice, and liberty when they lived in a society that enforced racial inequality? This “dilemma”—the uneasy coexistence of America’s democratic ideals with domestic policies that systematically marginalized African Americans and other peoples of color—has fundamentally shaped the cultural and political landscape of the United States. In order to understand our nation’s history, it is vital to understand how this has shaped the African American experience. Find these stories—from escaped slaves and abolitionists, to soldiers, intellectuals, and business entrepreneurs—preserved in our national parks and historic places. 

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Healing is the process of the restoration of health from an unbalanced, diseased, damaged or unvitalized organism. The result of healing can be to cure to a health challenge, but one can grow without being cured or heal without "a cure".

The profession of nursing has been traditionally concerned with matters of healing, whereas historically the profession of medicine has been concerned with curing

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2019: Year of return for African Diaspora

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The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major landmark marketing campaign targeting the African – American and Diaspora Market to mark 400 years of the first enslaved African arriving in Jamestown Virginia. The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the Auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is leading the project in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President, the Panafest Foundation and the Adinkra Group of USA.
The Year of Return seeks to make Ghana the focus for millions of African descendants reacting to their marginalisation by tracing their ancestry and identity. By this, Ghana becomes the beacon for African people living on the continent and the diaspora.
The United States Congress recently passed an Act H.R. 1242 – 400 Years of African-American which is a historically significant milestone. Ghana’s unique position as the location for 75 per cent of the slave dungeons built on the west coast of Africa and the current President’s policy of making it a national priority to extend a hand of welcome back home to Africans in the diaspora cannot be overemphasised.

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad

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Harriet Tubman was a deeply spiritual woman who lived her ideals and dedicated her life to freedom. She is the Underground Railroad’s best known conductor and before the Civil War repeatedly risked her life to guide nearly 70 enslaved people north to new lives of freedom. This new national historical park preserves the same landscapes that Tubman used to carry herself and others away from slavery.

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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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Frederick Douglass spent his life fighting for justice and equality. Born into slavery in 1818, he escaped as a young man and became a leading voice in the abolitionist movement. People everywhere still find inspiration today in his tireless struggle, brilliant words, and inclusive vision of humanity. Douglass's legacy is preserved here at Cedar Hill, where he lived his last 17 years.

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400 Years of African American History

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Fort Monroe Healing Day

41 Bernard Road, Fort Monroe, Virginia 23651, United States

(757) 722-3678

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