Fort Monroe Partners


The Association of African American Museums and the Fort Monroe partners hosted a virtual town hall discussion, “Lifting Your Voice: 1619 and the Power of Collaboration”.  This discussion explored the significance of 1619 addressed the theme, “reflect on the past, embrace change, and engage for the future.”  


Vedet Coleman-Robinson

Vedet Coleman-Robinson

Executive Director

Association of African American Museums

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Time:  2:00 pm ET

August 22nd, 2020

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Fort Monroe Partners

The first African landing in English North America occurred in 1619 when a vessel carrying “20 and odd” enslaved Africans arrived at Point Comfort (present-day Fort Monroe) in late August. As we honor and remember the arrival of first Africans to the Virginia Colony panelists Eola Dance, Acting Superintendent Fort Monroe National Monument; Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Dean of College of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University; Glenn Oder, Executive Director of Fort Monroe Authority; and Calvin Pearson, Founder and President of Project 1619 reflected on this rich history and the making of America.