African Arrival Commemoration and Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center Dedication

July 11, 2020 - 03:38 pmJuly 11, 2020 - 03:38 pmAugust 23 - 25, 2019
Fort Monroe National Monument
20 Ingalls Road
Fort Monroe, VA 23651
United States 20 Ingalls Road Fort Monroe 23651


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To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English North America, the 2019 Commemoration showcases the dedication ceremony with hosts Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) and the National Park Service (NPS). This project involves the renovation of the former Coast Artillery School Library at Fort Monroe and the addition of two wings. The galleries will tell the profound stories of Captain John Smith, the arrival of the first enslaved Africans and the culmination of 242 years of slavery as the first contrabands came to Fort Monroe to receive their emancipation. Join us for activities at Fort Monroe during the weekend that will include a remembrance ceremony, historical tours, cultural demonstrations, and a concert.