The 1619 Commemoration of the First Enslaved African Landing program and concert will feature speakers, music and dance at Fort Monroe Continental Park on Saturday.
The free event is presented by the Fort Monroe Authority, National Park Service, Project 1619 and the City of Hampton beginning at 11 a.m.
It will commemorate 402 years of African American history with speakers exploring themes of origins, identity, and freedom.
Featured keynote speaker, author, emcee and producer KRS-One will give remarks at 11 a.m. The program will also include a libation ceremony and African dance and drum performances. A National Bell Ringing Ceremony to remember the first enslaved Africans and honor 402 years of African American history will be a noon.
The Evolution of Freedom afternoon concert featuring trombonist, composer, and producer Delfeayo Marsalis will be at 1:30 p.m. After the concert, Marsalis and KRS-One will hold a talk back session about the of concepts of freedom.
The 1619 Commemoration of the First Enslaved African Landing program and Evolution of Freedom concert are free and open to the public. The program and concert will also be live streamed on the Fort Monroe at Old Point Comfort Facebook and YouTube sites. For more information visit Fortmonroe.org.
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