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 Hampton’s earliest African residents were Anthony and Isabella.
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-96.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 37° 0.062′ N, 76° 18.492′ W. Marker was in Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. Marker was on Fenwick Road 0.2 miles east of Ingalls Road. The marker is located at Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier parking lot. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Fort Monroe VA 23651, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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.)
3. Fort Monroe National Monument, National Park Service. (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
4. Fort Monroe (Stone Fort) National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (pdf file). (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,092 times since then and 127 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.