African American Heritage In Hampton

Hampton University Museum
Hampton University Museum
1919 Commerce Drive
Suite 290
Hampton, VA 23666
Region Hampton Roads
Locality Hampton City
Phone: (757) 722-1222
Phone: (800) 487-8778
HCVB Group Sales - Direct: (757) 728-5319
Fax: (757) 896-4600

Visit the Hampton History Museum. As the history of Hampton parallels major events in American history, so too is the city's history intertwined with the story and contributions of African Americans to our country.

Tour the Hampton University Museum. Founded in 1868, the same year as the university, it is among the oldest museums in Virginia and features one of the most exceptional collections of African, Native-American and African-American art in the United States. While on campus see the Emancipation Oak, where Hampton residents gathered in 1863 to hear the Emancipation Proclamation read for the first time.

Enjoy a gourmet lunch in the beautifully restored Historic Chamberlin. Once a grand and historic hotel built in 1928, The Chamberlin is now a waterfront retirement community. After lunch, tour The Chamberlin's collection of memorabilia from a bygone era.

Tour Historic Fort Monroe National Monument and the Casemate Museum. It was on this site in 1619 at Old Point Comfort that "twenty and odd" Africans first arrived to the British Colonies. More than two centuries later Major General Benjamin Butler accepted three runaway slaves under the declaration that they were "contraband of war" and would therefore not be returned to their owners. As news of this extraordinary development spread, Fort Monroe quickly earned the nickname "Freedom's Fortress."

Visit the Virginia Air & Space Center. An exhibit on the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black aviators to fly for the U.S. in wartime combat missions, chronicles the African American's role in the Army Air Corps. Include an IMAX® film for a truly spectacular visit.

Enjoy the history of Little England Chapel. Built in 1879, the chapel is the only known African missionary chapel in Virginia. Next discover Aberdeen Gardens, a historic neighborhood built for and by African Americans in 1935 as part of F.D.R.'s New Deal Settlement.

Enjoy dinner and shopping at the Peninsula Town Center before departing for home.

Last Updated: 6/30/2014 11:37 AM