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Leading the Way

Project 1619 Inc. is a non-profit organization that is credited for starting the 1619 movement.

For the past twenty-five plus years members of Project 1619 Inc. have been the catalyst to change the narrative of the landing of the first enslaved Africans to arrive in the Virginia colony at Point Comfort, today's Fort Monroe,  in Hampton, VA. 

Click below to watch a short video by WHRO on the arrival of the first enslaved Africans brought to English North America in 1619 at Point Comfort, today’s Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA.  

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Their Story 

“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 cannot 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."

-Calvin Pearson, Founder, Project 1619, Inc.

 African -American Heritage Festival

The festival is an event that showcases the rich African-American history and culture in Hampton, VA.  Project 1619 Inc. works with community leaders and organizations to facilitate this long-standing annual event that celebrates our ancestry the last week of June..


 African Landing Day 

Traditionally Enslaved African Landing Day is commemorated in August of each year. The event includes traditional African dance and song and libation to honor the legacy for English North America’s first enslaved Africans who landed at Point Comfort in 1619.


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Research begins 

Calvin Pearson comes across information that contradicts landing site of first enslaved Africans and Jamestown. Over next 10 years he does research..



National campaign to promote truth starts 

First article regarding findings of research appears in the Daily Press.


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