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400th Commemoration

Download a copy of the 2019 African Arrival Commemoration Brochure.

Jefferson Davis Memorial Removal


The public is invited to make comments on the removal of the Jefferson Davis Memorial Park/Arch. On April 16, 2019, the Fort Monroe Authority received a formal request from Governor Northam for the removal of the Jefferson Davis Memorial Arch as well as references to Jefferson Davis Memorial Park.

The park was designated in honor of Jefferson Davis in 1955, and has also been referred to as a memorial park. A 50-foot wrought iron archway gifted from the United Daughters of the Confederacy marks the entry into the park above the south bastion of the Fort.

Fort Monroe Authority is requesting consultation with the public with regards to the potential effects on historic properties. Written comments must be received by midnight on Saturday, July 27, 2019.


From Point Comfort to Fort Monroe:

The 400th Anniversary of the African Landing

Join us for the 400th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend August 23-25 including the Commemoration Ceremony and Preview of the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center Saturday, August 24. This year, the Fort Monroe National Monument welcomes a multi-day celebration centered around the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution and the 400th anniversary of the first Africans to arrive in English North America. The weekend will include remembrance ceremonies, gallery exhibits, tours, cultural workshops and live music. At the the new Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center, opening with a preview in August, visitors will learn more about the 1619 African arrival story, the 1861 Contraband Decision and the military presence at the Fort. For more information about the 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing visit:


Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center
Opening 2019

The Visitor Center will provide visitors with a point of arrival and orientation to the significant historical and recreational amenities of Fort Monroe. Through the adaptive reuse of an original Beaux Arts Style building, which was first built as a Library in 1909 by the Coast Artillery Schools, the Visitor Center will complement the existing Casemate Museum.

With visitor amenities, galleries, a gift shop, information desk, archives and multi-purpose space it will also feature exhibits that include the First Arrival story and the Contraband Camp at Fort Monroe, which housed escaped slaves through the period of the Civil War. An August, 2019 dedication is planned.


at The Commanding General’s Residence & Garden

Special occasions call for gracious entertaining, and the perfect venue for your event is the historic Commanding General’s Residence & Garden at Fort Monroe.

Built in the early 20th century in the Classic Revival style, this stunning brick home, along with its spectacular garden, provides the perfect backdrop for special memories.