Coastal Virginia’s Fort Monroe is where the first enslaved Africans landed in what would later become the United States of America. The region is also where slaves later found refuge after escaping from their captors, where emancipated freed people established schools, and where several Historical Black Colleges and Universities were founded. This episode of History Matters takes us through the legacy of this remarkable center of African American history.

History Matters is a series of on-going episodes that highlight and depict moments, places and events of historical significance in the African American experience over the last 400 years. It is hosted by Saniya Gay, the National Student Ambassador for the 400 Years African American History Commission and former inaugural National Ms. Juneteenth.