Celebrate Women’s History Month
Some of Hampton’s most significant strides and developments have been due to strong and creative women. This year during Women’s History Month, discover events and sites in Hampton, which honor women past and present:
March 11: Margaret Cho: Live and Livid!
5-time Grammy nominated stand-up comedian Margaret Cho performs at the American Theatre. Rolling Stone magazine named Margaret one of the 50 Best Stand-Up Comics calling her “the sort of funny, sex-positive feminist and LGBTQ activist younger comics continue to look up to.”
March 15: Walk it Out Wednesday: Blinged Out Girls Night
Enjoy a night of painting, relaxation and rejuvenation by painting a ladies-themed canvas with your girlfriends! No painting experience necessary. Don’t forget to wear your bling!
March 19: 1865 Brewing Co. Spring Market: A Celebration of Women
Come support over 20 women-owned businesses while you sip on 1865’s special beer release which pays tribute to the ‘Hidden Figures’ – several women computers for NASA who played a significant role in the U.S. Space Race. Don’t miss out on this celebration empowering women and people of color!
The University’s museum includes a collection of pieces by renowned artist Elizabeth Catlett, and it houses the Countee and Ida Cullen Collection, 29 artworks acquired from the Harlem Renaissance poet’s widow. Legacy Park honors contributions to the Hampton community made by civil rights activist Rosa Parks, NASA engineer Mary Jackson, the first female Native American doctor Susan LaFlesche, and educator Mary Peake.
Virginia Air & Space Science Center
Reflect on the work of NASA’s ‘Hidden Figures’ Katherine Johnson, Mary Winston Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn by viewing the historic markers outside the museum. Inside, find a collection of children’s books which inspire aviation curiosity at the Dr. Christine Darden Literary Center. This reading area honors Dr. Darden’s contributions to NASA.
Learn about a most influential historian and preservationist in the 60’s and 70’s, “Sis”, who led excavation efforts which recovered many of the exhibited artifacts at the museum. Explore NASA’s ‘Human Computers’ in an exhibit which details the local history and personalities of the ‘Hidden Figures’ story.
Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center
View the Isabela sculpture, which honors the role of the matriarch in African culture, amidst the galleries which detail English settlers and the landing of the first Africans at Point Comfort.