Pulitzer prize winning reporter, and author of the 1619 project, Nikole Hannah Jones visited Fort Monroe Beach in Virginia during her 1619 book tour. The ceremony was led by local ancestral historian Chadra Pittman, and it all took place at the Fort Monroe beach where the “Great Lion” which was the first ship that brought enslaved Africans to America which landed in 1619. The title of the event remembrance and reflections is all connected to honoring the ancestors and having conversation about truth and history.
Nikole Hannah- Jones wrapped her booked tour in Hampton, Virginia with a panel discussion featuring curator of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History Mary Ellis, Chandra Pittman, and Vincent Tucker who is the descendant of America’s first African family. Towards the end of the remembrance and reflections ceremony the panelists and audience members gathered at the Algernourne Oak which is the 500 year old tree at Fort Monroe.
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