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First Africans Commemoration on August 20 at Jamestown Settlement Features Spoken Word, Community Discussion & Showing of ‘History Half Told is Untold’ Documentary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 8, 2022 – A special First Africans Commemoration at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 20 at Jamestown Settlement will honor the legacy of the first recorded Africans brought to Virginia in 1619.

Reflecting on the theme of “being first” through an African American lens, a 90-minute program in the Robins Foundation Theater will feature a spoken-word presentation and a community discussion.

First Africans CommemorationBarbara Hamm Lee of WHRV-FM’s “Another View” will moderate a panel discussion featuring Christy S. Coleman, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and Clayton Singleton, a Norfolk artist, teacher and spoken-word performer.

At 3:30 p.m., attendees can enjoy a special showing of “History Half Told is Untold,” a documentary produced by the Let Freedom Ring Foundation that offers an in-depth look at the 245-year history of The Historic First Baptist Church – the oldest continually active African American church in the United States established by free and enslaved Blacks.

Extend learning about African and African American experiences in 17th-century Virginia through Jamestown Settlement’s expansive gallery exhibits, dramatic films and engaging interactives that share the story of Virginia Indian, English and West Central African cultures.

Using period artifacts and innovative technology, permanent exhibits share historical accounts of the first documented Africans brought to Virginia in 1619 from their homeland in Ndongo (Angola) to life in the Virginia colony and evolution of a new African American culture. The “From Africa to Virginia” multimedia presentation chronicles African encounters with Europeans, impact on African culture and the development of the transatlantic slave trade.

The documentary film, “1607: A Nation Takes Root,” which will be shown every 30 minutes in Presentation Hall, traces the evolution of the Virginia Company that sponsored the Jamestown colony, examines the relationship between the English colonists and Powhatan Indians, and chronicles the arrival of the first recorded Africans in 1619 – including the story of Angelo, one of the first African women named in Jamestown’s historical record.

How to Attend the First Africans Commemoration

The “First Africans Commemoration” special event is included with museum admission: $18.00 for adults, $9.00 for ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. Tickets can be purchased online or in person. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg.

For more information, call (757) 253-4838 or visit jyfmuseums.org/africanarrival.



2022 Director’s Series Continues Through November at Jamestown Settlement Featuring Conversations with Prominent Scholars and Public Figures

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 11, 2022 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is proud to continue its popular Director’s Series at Jamestown Settlement on July 27, September 21 and November 16, featuring Executive Director Christy S. Coleman engaging in lively and enlightening conversations with some of the nation’s most prominent scholars and public figures. Since the six-part series debuted earlier

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Announces New Deputy Director/Senior Director of Administration & Chief Development Officer

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 29, 2022 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is pleased to announce the July 5 arrival of two new directors, Dr. Juliet Machie as deputy director/senior director of administration and Melissa Thompson as chief development officer. Dr. Juliet Machie, Deputy Director/Senior Director of Administration As deputy director/senior director for administration, Dr. Machie wi

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‘Liberty Celebration’ Salutes July 4 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., June 23, 2022 – This Fourth of July, salute the 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.   From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4, visitors can enjoy interpretive programs, artillery demonstrations and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed t

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‘What Freedom Means’ Civic Season Series Launches June 12 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 6, 2022 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation will present “What Freedom Means,” a themed series of civics-related programs and events in June and July to engage younger generations in the role of American democracy. Programs kickoff on Sunday, June 12 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Events and programs are in partnership with Made By Us, a national coalitio

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Jamestown Settlement to Present May 14 Special Events to Commemorate the 415th Anniversary of Jamestown’s 1607 Founding and Honor Enduring Virginia Indian Traditions

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 9, 2022 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, will present a full day of interpretive programs and live demonstrations on Saturday, May 14 to commemorate the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement, and honor the enduring legacies and traditions of the Virginia Indians who have occupied Virginia’s landscape for centuries.

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2022 Talking History Lecture Series Launches March 24 with Discussion on Loyalist Women Writers of the Revolution

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 21, 2022 – The Talking History Lecture Series returns for the 2022 season on Thursday, March 24, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with a free public lecture by Dr. Kacy Dowd Tillman on Loyalist women writers of the Revolution. In the first of three public lectures this spring and during Women’s History Month, Tillman, a published scholar and professor o

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Jamestown Settlement Panel Discussion on March 22 Examines the 400-Year Anniversary of 1622 Turning Point in Powhatan-English Relations

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 17, 2022 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will present “Strategy & Strength: Commemorating the 1622 Powhatan Offensive” with a free panel discussion at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 that explores the 400th anniversary of pivotal 1622 events that led to a turning point in Powhatan and English relations. Chickahominy Indian

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‘Military Through the Ages’ Returns to Jamestown Settlement on March 19-20 with a Musical Salute to the Armed Forces

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 11, 2022 – Make ready for centuries of military history all in one weekend during Jamestown Settlement’s time-honored “Military Through the Ages” annual event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20. [caption id="attachment_39253" align="alignleft" width="300"] Truetone Honeys will perform with The Matt Fattal Big Band at Jamestown Settlement'

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​‘After Angelo’ Event Returns to Jamestown Settlement on February 26 for Celebration of African American Art, Music, Storytelling and Community

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 18, 2022 – “After Angelo” returns to Jamestown Settlement on Saturday, February 26 for a one-day special event honoring the legacy of one of the first African women mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown with a lively celebration of African American culture and heritage showcasing art, music, storytelling and community conversation. Beginning at 12

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