The 400 Years of African American History Commission is a federally appointed committee, operating independently as established by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and administered by the National Park Service. The 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act, signed into law January 8, 2018, established this 15-member commission to coordinate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the English colonies on August 20, 1619, when 20 enslaved Africans were brought to Point Comfort in the English colony of Virginia (now part of Fort Monroe National Monument).
The 400 Years of African-American History Commission (the “Commission”) will develop and facilitate activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619, recognizing and highlighting the resilience and contributions of African Americans from that seminal moment forward, while simultaneously acknowledging the painful impact of slavery, racial discrimination, and racism on our Nation.
The 400 Years of African American History Commission and collaborating partners – Fort Monroe Authority, Virginia, Fort Monroe National Monument and the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program of the National Park Service, the Rosenberg Library and Galveston Historical Foundation of Galveston, Texas, and National History Day® – invite municipalities to join us for the kickoff of FREEDOM FORWARD commemorating the 2nd federal holiday observance of Juneteenth and our launch of America250. Learn more about the program here, and stream the recording of the event from June 19th soon!