On November 1, 2011, President Barack Obama used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate Fort Monroe a national monument
Imagine a cemetery where gravestones disappear under vines, weeds and debris; where crypts are cracked open and exposed to robbers and the elements.
Generations of artists have, ever since the abolition of slavery, seized, revisited, rehabilitated, and transmitted these legacies to draw new horizons for intercultural relations.
The preservation and valorization of heritage linked to the slave trade and slavery – which are finally recognized as crimes against humanity by the international Community – has become an important issue in countries...
In August 1619, 20 enslaved Africans were brought to Point Comfort in the English colony of Virginia. Point Comfort is now part of Fort Monroe National Monument.
Monday's New York Times article on President Obama's roots in Southern slavery through his mother has reopened the contention that the first Africans brought to Virginia were indentured servants and not slaves.
The National Park Service 400 Commemoration: First African Landing at Old Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619
This commemorative program and event booklet was created by Fort Monroe National Monument to honor the 400th Anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English North America.
Federal Legislation Established for the 400th was introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia.