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Hampton Family Tree Heritage Sites Guide Shares History And Sites Beginning With The First Africans' Arrival In 1619

Tool is used to market Hampton to leisure travel and meeting planners

Hampton’s African-American history dates to August 1619 when the first Africans landed at Point Comfort. It was also in Hampton at Fort Monroe on May 23, 1861, that Union Major General Benjamin Butler declared slaves contraband of war. Furthermore, it was beneath the limbs of Emancipation Oak, now on the Hampton University campus, that African Americans heard a reading of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. This history—and where to go in Hampton to retrace it — is captured in Family Tree: A guide to African American heritage sites in Hampton, Virginia.

Available through the Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau, Family Tree includes history, educational and religious sites, visitor attractions, and recognition of African-Americans who helped shape Hampton’s past and future. Fort Monroe, Hampton University, Little England Chapel, the Rosenwald Schools, and communities including Garden City, Old North Hampton, Newtown, and Aberdeen Gardens, are among the many highlighted Hampton landmarks. The 30-page guide will serve to inform visitors and support the Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau’s efforts to market the city to meeting planners, tour operators, travel writers, and individual travelers.

For a copy of Family Tree: A Guide to African American Heritage Sites in Hampton, Virginia, visit the Hampton Visitor Center at 120 Old Hampton Lane. Request a copy by calling (800) 800-2202, (757) 727-1102, or register to receive one online at More than 35 contributors gave of their time and knowledge to Family Tree, with staff and faculty of the Hampton History Museum, Hampton Parks & Recreation, Fort Monroe Authority, and Hampton University among them. This is the guide’s third release, with the first being released in 1996.

Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, with the 344,000 sq. ft.-Hampton Roads Convention Center, is located in the center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Hampton is the site of America's first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX ® Theater, Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, Fort Monroe, award-winning Hampton Coliseum, The American Theatre, among others.
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