African American Heritage Sites in Hampton

Fort Monroe
Fort Monroe
Hampton Visitor Center
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
Region Hampton Roads
Locality Hampton City
Phone: (800) 800-2202
Hampton Visitor Center: (757) 727-1102
Fax: (757) 896-4600

Explore Hampton's rich African American heritage at sites throughout the 400-year-old city. See Old Point Comfort,where the first Africans arrived in Virginia and Fort Monroe or "Freedom's Fortress," where runaway slaves were protected during the Civil War. Visit Emancipation Oak where President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was read to Hampton residents. The tree is one of six national historic landmarks on the Hampton University campus. The university museum is the oldest and largest African American museum in the nation and features artifacts and contemporary art from countries and cultures worldwide. All sites are featured in Family Tree and in the annually published Hampton Visitors Guide, both available for free through the Hampton Visitor Center.

Last Updated: 6/20/2011 3:31 PM
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