Federal Government Recognizes 400 Years of African American History / Public News Service

In 1619, Virginia was home to the first Representative Legislative Assembly in the Americas. (Fort Monroe Authority)

February 26, 2018

HAPMTON, Va. — Fort Monroe, the first national monument dedicated by Former president Barack Obama, is one of many historic sites in Virginia that are re-examining the past and shedding new light on the role of African-Americans in American history.

American Evolution – Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration – is set to highlight events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. This includes the important contributions of African-Americans to building up Point Comfort in 1619, currently known as Fort Monroe.

Former President Barack Obama made the fort a national monument during his presidency. Terry Brown, the first…

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