n 1994, Project 1619, a grassroots organization began a national campaign to expose the true narrative of the landing of the first enslaved Africans brought to English occupied North America. On August 25, 1619, the first ship carrying enslaved Africans to the Colonial Colonies of English North America landed at Point Comfort (today’s Fort Monroe) in Hampton, Virginia. From that perilous landing, their presence has had a profound impact on the cultural manifest of Americas past and still impacts the social, economic and political disparities facing families of color today.
National Alliance of Faith and Justice (NAFJ) is a nonprofit association of criminal justice professionals and community leaders, whose mission is to promote the value of the inclusion of faith in addressing prevention, consequences, and resolutions of crime with emphasis upon the most culpable and vulnerable issues and stakeholders.
The mission of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH®) is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.
The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) is a non-profit tax-exempt organization established in 2011 to honor the two million captive Africans who perished during the transatlantic crossing known as the Middle Passage and the ten million who survived to build the Americas.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
What is there to do at Fort Monroe National Monument right now? The Casemate Museum is open from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Inside you can find brochures including one for a self-guided walking tour. There is a daily guided walking tour of the fort at 11:00 am Memorial Day through September forming the the Casemate Museum entrance. Please consult our online calendar for additional interpretive programs. There is also a lifeguarded beach just outside the east gate. The Fort Monroe Event Calendar also provides additional information about on-site activities.
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