First Africans Commemoration

Date/Time
08/17/2019
9:00am - 5:30pm

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All events are free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. Outdoor activities are weather-permitting.

9:00am–1:00pm: Archaeology in Action!
Location: The Angela Site
Meet the archaeological team and witness the moment of discovery at this site where Angela—one of the first Africans—lived and worked.

9:30am–5:30pm: From Fort to Port: Legacies of 1619
Location: The Archaearium
Visit the newest exhibit in the Archaearium to explore how Jamestown had developed into a flourishing port town by the second half of the 17th century.

10:00am–11:00am: First Africans Walking Tour
Location: Begins at the Tercentennial Monument
Take a walking tour of New Towne focusing on the arrival of the first Africans to Jamestown in 1619 and the legacies that have endured over 400 years.

11:00am–11:45am: “The Angela Site: An Archaeological Study of Race, Inequality, and Community in Early Jamestown”
Location: The Memorial Church
Hear about the recent findings at the Angela Site from Director of Archaeology, David Givens.

11:00am–12:00pm: James Fort Archaeology Walking Tour
Location: Begins at the Tercentennial Monument
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologist to hear about the ongoing excavations and some of the most significant findings.

11:15am–12:15pm: Angela’s Story
Location: Benches near the Hunt Shrine
Listen as Angela, one of the first Africans who lived on Jamestown Island, recalls her former home in Angola, her capture, and her new life in Virginia.

12:00pm–1:00pm: First Africans Walking Tour
Location: Begins at the Tercentennial Monument
Take a walking tour of New Towne focusing on the arrival of the first Africans to Jamestown in 1619 and the legacies that have endured over 400 years.

1:00pm–1:45pm: Commemoration Ceremony
Location: The Memorial Church
Join us for this special ceremony to honor Angela and the other first Africans, many of whom have been lost to history.

2:00pm–4:00pm: Archaeology in Action!
Location: The Angela Site
Meet an archaeologist and witness the moment of discovery at this active excavation.

2:00pm–3:00pm: First Africans Walking Tour
Location: Begins at the Tercentennial Monument
Take a walking tour of New Towne focusing on the arrival of the first Africans to Jamestown in 1619 and the legacies that have endured over 400 years.

3:15pm–4:15pm: Angela’s Story
Location: Benches near the Hunt Shrine
Listen as Angela, one of the first Africans who lived on Jamestown Island, recalls her former home in Angola, her capture, and her new life in Virginia.

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