Family Tree: A Guide to African American Heritage Sites in Hampton

Hampton, Virginia is rich with African American culture, heritage, and history dating back to 1619. In August of 1619, a vessel carrying “20 and odd” Africans arrived at Point Comfort. The area now known as Old Point Comfort and Fort Monroe. The first arrival of Africans on American soil lay the foundation for a history of perseverance over four centuries. 

The updated 2020 Hampton Family Tree is a guide to African American heritage, history, famous footsteps, landmarks and more. Named in honor of the Emancipation Oak, the Family Tree explores the last 400 years of history, and includes a One-Day Itinerary for African American Heritage sites in Hampton. This history is important to America’s history, and learning about these sites will help you have a meaningful visit to our city. 

Last August, Hampton commemorated 400 years since the first African American landing in Hampton. This August, we encourage you to visit Hampton to learn about their history, and attend the Virtual African Landing Day event. The 401st annual commemoration for African Landing Day will take place on Saturday, August 22, at 10:00 a.m. This year’s celebration can be viewed virtually on Fort Monroe’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Our goal is to create a safe space with open dialogue where your thoughts and questions can be heard.

Visitors and residents can begin planning their African American heritage tour today! Download a copy of the family tree online, or request a copy to be sent by mail. Their 400 year legacy lives on through the Emancipation Oak, within the walls of Fort Monroe, and across Hampton. We are excited to offer the Family Tree so you can explore the last 400 years of African American heritage during your next visit.