In 2017, the United States Congress passed the 400 years of African-American History Commission Act establishing a commission and giving them a charge of developing activities throughout the country to commemorate the arrival of Africans in the English colonies in 1619, an event widely regarded as the commencement of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in North America.

The weekend of Aug. 22-25 has been identified as a national weekend of remembrance. Activities are planned across the country, the biggest of them in and around Fort Monroe and Hampton, VA. Point Comfort, near Hampton, is believed to have been the location of the first arrival, an arrival that would shape not only the future of that area, but also the subsequent development of the United States.

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