In 2019, Virginia and the nation are commemorating the 400th anniversaries of the first representative assembly in the English North America and the arrival of the first Africans to Virginia. Both events are closely connected to Jamestown. The General Assembly was held in Jamestown’s church in the summer of 1619 and of the first two dozen documented Africans forcibly transported to Virginia, several lived and worked in Jamestown, on neighboring plantations, or passed through on their way upriver.
Archaeological excavations, special programs, and new exhibits will highlight the events and people who played a pivotal role in our nation’s history. Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists are currently excavating around the church where the first Assembly was convened. The team, in partnership with the National Park Service, is digging in New Towne to understand the landscape in which Angela, one of the first documented Africans, lived. The “World of 1619” programs introduce visitors to the historical people who witnessed these world-changing events.