National Campaign
to Erect a
National Monument
at Fort Monroe, Virginia
  
 In Commemoration of the
400th Anniversary
of the Arrival of the First Africans In English America
 
1619  ~  2019
             
Sponsorship Package

  City of Hampton Honors African Landing Day Remembrance

Transatlantic slave trade, just like the systematic elimination of the Native American Indian in the United States, and the Holocaust in Germany, are human tragedies that changed the world. We can not change history or the impact that it had on past generations. But we should always recognize and learn from the perils and transgressions of mankind’s inhumanity against one another.

In 2012 the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation finally admitted that what many historians and scholars had written about the first Angolan Africans landing at Jamestown was not true and the first Africans to land on English occupied land came ashore at Point Comfort in Hampton, present day Fort Monroe. That is why it is important that the official United States monument to honor the first Africans should be at Fort Monroe.

In May 2007, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources installed a marker at Fort Monroe designating it as the official landing site of the first Africans.

The first Africans to arrive on British occupied land in America at Point Comfort were captured from the Kingdom of Ndongo in Angola Africa. They were Bantu people who had been Baptized, who wove silk textiles, were skilled musicians, invented a variety of musical instruments, including a stringed, boxlike device that became the American banjo. The Bantu manufactured iron, produced carbonized steel, hunted and fought with bows and arrows. Bantu were farming and herding people who forged iron tools and weapons. Because they were highly skilled, their labor and knowledge of farming and herding enabled the early colonist to survive

The Africans boarded the slave merchant ship Sao Joao Bautista in 1619 and departed for Vera Cruz, Mexico, when it encountered the English ships “Treasurer” and the “White Lion” in the West Indies. The Treasurer and the White Lion each captured Africans from the Sao Joao Bautista and by some accounts raced towards the coast of Virginia. The White Lion arrived first at Point Comfort on August 20, 1619. Among its cargo as described by John Rolfe were 20 and odd Negras. 

Although they arrived as indentured servants, their arrival would mark the beginning of slavery in America. So it is justly deserved that the official monument recognize Hampton Virginia as the birth place of slavery in the United States.

Slavery in the United States lasted as a legal institution until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865. Between 1619 and 1865, slavery took many forms. The early arrivals by many accounts were indentured servants who were able to gain freedom by working three to seven years to pay off their bondage debt. Gradually as the need for Southern Colonies to have free labor to harvest crops increased and the social equality of arriving Africans diminished, slavery became a way of life for non-free Africans.  From 1654 until 1865, Virginia and most southern states, had adopted slavery for life laws.

Free blacks joined the Union army. Black slaves escaped from the plantations to join the Union Army in hope of gaining their freedom. In Virginia a historic event took place at Fort Monroe that would lead to the end slavery. On May 27, 1861, three run-a-way slaves escaped from their plantations and made it to Fort Monroe to seek refuge. Major General Benjamin Butler made a decision that escaping slaves who reach Union lines could not be reclaimed by their plantation owners. General Butler declared the slaves contraband of war, resulting of tens of thousands of slaves fleeing to Hampton at Fort Monroe. Contraband camps would be erected around Fort Monroe and the fort would get the nickname of (Freedoms Fortress).

Because the first Africans in English North America and the New World landed at Fort Monroe and the first enslaved Africans were granted their freedom at Fort Monroe, Hampton has been referred to as the “Birthplace of slavery and freedom”. 

 Why is it important where the first Africans landed? History should be an accurate account of facts. History is not a fictional fairy tale, epic movie, or special interest group’s distortion of facts to promote tourism. Ask those immigrants who landed at Ellis Isalnd or Plymouth Rock if it’s important. The first Africans who landed at Point Comfort were not immigrants, but their landing was one of the most significant events in our country’s history.

Hampton, founded on July 9, 1610 is the oldest continuously English speaking settlement in the United States. Hampton will be celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in 1619 and the true story on how the ancestors of today’s African American community arrived, survived, and died to make America a great country needs to be truthfully told. Hampton is where it all began. The first southern reading of the Emancipation Proclamation was read at today’s Hampton University. By far, Hampton, Virginia is the most historical African American city in the United States and its history should be celebrated.

  

Will You Stand With Us?

Project 1619.is a non-profit organization whose main purpose is to bring awareness to the people around the world the beginning of the “Birth of Africa in America” when those first captured Angolan Africans were captured and brought to Point Comfort in today’s Hampton Virginia in 1619.  A by-product of the national campaign is to construct a National Monument at Fort Monroe by 2019 to remember and honor the arrival of the first Africans on English occupied territory in 1619.

 

Your donation is tax deductible.

Sponsorship Package
 
National Monument In Commemoration of the
 Landing of the First Africans
 
 

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Anthony and Isabella Society

$10,000 and up

As an Anthony and Isabella Society Sponsor your company will receive the following:

Anthony and Isabella Society Sponsor in all promotional announcements in newspaper, print media, and posters through 2019 and beyond.

Your name will be engraved on a Bronze Plaque on the National Monument designating you as Anthony and Isabella Society Sponsor.  

Inclusion of your company in all radio, cable news, and television ads as Anthony and Isabella Society Sponsor..

Full-page color ad in Monument Dedication Program.

Introduction at dedication ceremony as Anthony and Isabella Society Sponsor.

VIP Reserved Seating at Dedication ceremony.

Name printed on Souvenir Poster

Personal engraved plaque

  

Old Point Comfort Society

$5,000 to $9,999

As an Old Point Comfort Society Sponsor, your company will receive the following:

 

Inclusion of your company as the Old Point Comfort Society Sponsor in all promotional announcements in newspaper, print media, and posters through 2019 and beyond.

Your name will be engraved on a Bronze Plaque on the National Monument designating you as Old Point Comfort Society Sponsor

Inclusion of your company in all radio, cable news, and television ads as Old Point Comfort Society Sponsor.

Half-page color ad in Monument Dedication Program.

Introduction at dedication ceremony as Old Point Comfort Society Sponsor.

Personal engraved plaque.

Name on printed Souvenir Poster

Reserved Seating at Dedication ceremony.

 

Freedom Sponsor

$2,500 to $4,999

As a Freedom Sponsor your company will receive the following:

 Inclusion of your company as the Freedom Sponsor in all promotional announcements in newspaper, print media, and posters through 2019 and beyond.

Your name will be engraved on a Bronze Plaque on the National Monument designating you as Freedom Sponsor

Half-page color ad in Monument Dedication Program.

Personal engraved plaque.

Name on printed Souvenir Poster

Reserved Seating at Dedication ceremony.

 

Legacy Sponsor

$1,000 to $2,499

 As a Legacy Sponsor, your company will receive the following:

 Inclusion of your company as the Legacy Sponsor in all promotional announcements in newspaper, print media, and posters through 2019 and beyond.

Your name will be engraved on a Bronze Plaque on the National Monument designating you as Legacy Sponsor

Half-page color ad in Monument Dedication Program.

Name on printed Souvenir Poster

Reserved Seating at Dedication ceremony.

 

Patriot Sponsor

$500 to $999

As a Patriot Sponsor, your company will receive the following:

 Inclusion of your company as the Patriot Sponsor in all promotional announcements in newspaper, print media, and posters through 2019 and beyond.

Your name will be engraved on a Bronze Plaque on the National Monument designating you as Patriot Sponsor

Half-page color ad in Monument Dedication Program.

Name on printed Souvenir Poster

Reserved Seating at Dedication ceremony.

  

Supporter

$100 to $499

As a Supporter, your company will receive the following:

 Your name will be engraved on a Bronze Plaque on the National Monument designating you as Supporter

Your name listed in Monument Dedication Program.

   

Friend

$25 to $99

 As a Friend your company will receive the following:

Your name listed in Monument Dedication Program.


Send your tax-deductible donation to:

 

Project 1619 Inc.

P. O. Box 1233

Hampton, VA 23661

 

For more information call 757-380-1319 or  mail calvinpearson@verizon.net