Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
First Africans in Virginia
The first documented Africans in Virginia arrived here in Aug. 1619 on the White Lion, an English privateer based in the Netherlands. Colonial officials traded food for these “20 and odd” Africans, who had been captured from a Portuguese slave ship. Among present-day Hamptonís earliest African residents were Anthony and Isabella. Their son, William, was the first child of African ancestry known to have been born in Virginia (ca. 1624). Many of the earliest Africans were held as slaves, but some individuals became free.
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-96.)
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 37° 0.062′ N, 76° 18.492′ W. Marker was in Fort Monroe, Virginia, in Hampton. Marker was on Fenwick Road 0.2 miles east of Ingalls Road. Touch for map. The marker is located at Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier parking lot. Marker was in this post office area: Fort Monroe VA 23651, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named First Africans in Virginia (here, next to this marker); Fort Monroe History (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Monroe Seawall History (within shouting distance of this marker); Engineer Wharf (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Monroe Seawall History (about 300 feet away); Lantaka (about 400 feet away); Spanish 1-½ Pounder (about 400 feet away); 12-Pounder Howitzer (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Monroe.
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by an updated marker also named First Africans in Virginia (see nearby markers).
Regarding First Africans in Virginia.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study First Africans in English America marker shown.
Also see . . .
1. Encyclopedia Virginia: Africans, Virginia's First. (Submitted on May 18, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Rededicating Historical Marker for Arrival of First Africans. A state historical marker is being rededicated at Fort Monroe to recognize the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia. The new marker corrects some of the narrative in the original marker. (Submitted on August 21, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 825 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.