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Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center

Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center

African Arrival Commemoration and Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center Dedication

To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English North America, the 2019 Commemoration showcases the dedication ceremony with hosts Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) and the National Park Service (NPS). This project involves the renovation of the former Coast Artillery School Library at Fort Monroe and the addition of two wings. The galleries will tell the profound stories of Captain John Smith, the arrival of the first enslaved Africans and the culmination of 242 years of slavery as the first contrabands came to Fort Monroe to receive their emancipation. Additional activities at Fort Monroe during the weekend will include a remembrance ceremony, historical tours, cultural demonstrations, and a concert.

Dominion Energy is the presenting partner of the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center.


Our next public meeting is scheduled for March 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the Fort Monroe Theatre located at 41 Tidball Road. This meeting will review the designs for the exhibits for the Visitor and Education Center.

Click below to download the 1/26/17 presentation.