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August 25, 2019
1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Fort Monroe
20 Ingalls Road
Fort Monroe, VA 23651
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1619-2019 Commemoration at Fort Monroe: Day of Healing and Gospel Music Festival

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Join us for the 400th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend Aug. 23-25, 2019.

Friday, August 23

9:30-10:30 a.m. - Tucker Family Cemetery Reflection and Commemoration

12-3 p.m. - African American Political Pioneers Luncheon and Panel Discussion at Hampton Roads Convention Center-Paid Ticketed Event

6-8 p.m.- “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House” at the Fort Monroe Community Center – Free Youth Event

6-9 p.m. - “1619-2019: 400 Years of Perseverance” Panel Discussion at Hampton University Memorial Chapel – FREE

Saturday, August 24

6:30-8 a.m. - “Take Me to the Water: Evolving Beyond Slavery” – FREE

Registration Required to Attend. Register HERE

9:30-11 am - African Landing Commemorative Ceremony at Fort Monroe, 20 Ingalls Road

11:30 a.m.-5 pm - Hampton 2019 Commemoration Cultural Activities - FREE
Near Fenwick Road and Ingalls Road, Fort Monroe

  • Exhibitors
  • Children’s Activities
  • Historical Tours
  • Living History
  • Drumming and Dancing Presentations
  • Youth Performances
  • Storytelling
  • Food Trucks
  • Vendors

12-4 p.m. - Black Heritage Tours sponsored by the National Park Service at Fort Monroe

12-3:30 pm-African Landing Day Program events at Fort Monroe 

  • Drum call
  • Parade of flags
  • Libation ceremony
  • National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement
  • Welcome by Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck and Calvin Pearson, founder of Project 1619

6:30-10 p.m. - 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing Concert at Hampton Coliseum - FREE tickets
Featuring Common and Sounds of Blackness

Sunday, August 25

1:30 p.m. - The National Park Service Commemorating 400 Years: Places of Struggle, Community and Triumph 1619-2019-FREE
Fort Monroe Theater 

At Gazebo at Continental Park 2, Fenwick Road, Fort Monroe
2:30 p.m. - Blessing of the Land
2:40 p.m. - Libation Ceremony
2:50 p.m. - The Healing Calls
2:53 p.m. - Healing Launch – Countdown for Bell Ringing
3 p.m. - National Ringing of Bells -- 4 Minutes (1 Minute for each 100 years)

3:30 p.m. - Healing Day Program

  • Emceed by Anita Blanton, WAVY-TV10 Anchor
  • Commanding General’s Residence, 20 Ingalls Road, Fort Monroe
  • Featuring musical performances by Nicole Michele Aponte, 4Him Gospel Quartet, Damien Sneed, and First Baptist Church Choir
  • invocation by Dr. Rex Ellis, Smithsonian Institute;
  • remarks by Rev. Dr. Michael Battle, Director of the Tutu Center.
  • Keynote address by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, scholar/author Georgetown University.
  • Spoken word performance by Teens With A Purpose
  • Special Dance performance by Transcendence Aerial Dance featuring Addison Messick, Virginia Gymnastics First Place All Around Champion.