August 16 – 20, 2013 Third Annual African Landing Commemoration Dayafrican landing

This year, honor the arrival of the First Africans in Colonial America on British occupied territory at Point Comfort (Fort Monroe). This program is presented by the City of Hampton; Project 1619 Inc.; National Juneteenth Foundation; The Sankofa Project; Weyanoke Legacy; and the Hampton Contraband Society.

This year's program will span five days and include an Opening Reception; a Symposium on the Legacy of Slavery and Freedom and It's Impact on America's Culture; the Third Annual Juneteenth Jazz & Heritage Reconciliation & Healing Concert featuring Rev. Ron Myers MD of National Juneteenth Foundation and jazz legends, Herman Burney and Todd Ledbetter at the American Theater; Hampton African American Historical Sites Bus Tour; and the Fourth Annual World Day of Reconciliation & Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement Prayer Service and Ritual of Remembrance at Fort Monroe.

For more information or to become a sponsor of the Third Annual African Landing Commemoration Day , contact Calvin Pearson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Admission Fee: The cost for each activity varies from free to $20.

CalvinHistory of the First Africans

Between 1618 an 1620, thousands of Africans were enslaved during the war between King Alvaro III of Congo and his uncles and sold into slavery. There was also the war between the Portuguese Leader Endes de Vascondes and a band of a marauding mercenary soldiers against the Kingdom of Ndongo. In 1619 Africans were loaded aboard the Spanish ship Sao Joao Bautista and headed toward Vera Cruz, Mexico when it encountered the “White Lion” who many believe was an English ship with a Dutch flag and the “Treasurer” an English ship. The White Lion and the Treasurer captured cargo from the Sao Joao Bautista including nearly 60 Africans. The White Lion arrived at Point Comfort along the Virginia coast, present day Hampton during the latter part of August 1619 carrying 20 and odd Negros, where they all came ashore. Two of the original Africans who came ashore, Antonio and Isabella, became servants on the plantation of Capt. William Tucker who was the commander at Point Comfort. Some of the slaves were purchased by Governor George Yeardley and his Cape Merchant Abraham Piersey. They were then transported to plantations along the James River in what would become Charles City. The Treasurer arrived 3-4 days after the White Lion but was not allowed to trade their Africans so they left Point Comfort for Bermuda where they traded their Africans for corn. There is no documentation that either ship ever traveled to Jamestown to unload Africans. These Africans became the first Africans to arrive in America on British occupied territory.

In 1623 Antonio and Isabella gave birth to William Tucker, the first African child born in America. The Tucker Family and descendants from the first African child born in America still resides in Hampton. William Tucker is buried in Hampton.

Photo: Juneteenth Leader Rev. Ron Myers (l) with Calvin Pearson, founder of African Landing Project 1619.

 

 

 

 

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