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African American History & Culture

Virginia is a destination deeply rooted in history.

Truly, it is a cornerstone of the American story. That story, however, is marred by a dark and painful past. In 1619, more than 20 Africans were ripped from their families, their homes, and their country. They arrived off the coast of Virginia, where they were “bought for victualle” by English colonists. This moment set the stage for a long, difficult chapter in American history, leading to generations of hardship and adversity for African Americans.

Read the stories of the Virginia Freedom Seekers and discover their legacy at African American historic sites, restaurants and businesses today.

African American Historic Sites Trail

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