1st Africans in Va. recognized by Fort Monroe marker

Fort Monroe National Monument. WAVY-TV 10.

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A state historical marker is being rededicated at Fort Monroe to recognize the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia.

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will join Hampton Mayor George Wallace for the ceremony Thursday. The marker will recognize the first Africans to arrive in Virginia on an English privateer. The 20 or so Africans had been captured from a Portuguese slave ship.

The new marker corrects some of the narrative in the original marker.

As part of the rededication, the descendants of the first known child of African ancestry to be born in Virginia will lay a memorial wreath at the marker’s location. African drummers and dancers will also lead a procession after the rededication.

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