Hampton History for AAA

This year, 2019, marks the 400th anniversary of captured Africans’ first arrival in what is now the USA. That ship landed in Hampton, Virginia, where a historic marker now stands at Fort Monroe. AAA Tidewater Traveler magazine had me visit some prominent locations for Black history and influence in the area. On my list were some historic sites, points of interest and current Black-owned businesses. Among those was tree pictured above, known as the Emancipation Oak, on the campus of Hampton University. On this site in 1863, hundreds of former slaves gathered to hear the Emancipation Proclamation read. Other places included the Little England Chapel, Aberdeen Gardens, and Mango Mangeaux. Many thanks to Justin Chesney for helping me navigate his hometown and assisting on the food shots.

Hampton, VA, history

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