First Africans in Virginia

First Africans in Virginia (HM1EHE)

Location: Hampton, VA 23651
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 0.062', W 76° 18.492'

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The first documented Africans in Virginia arrived in August 1619 when a Dutch man-of-war landed here at Point Comfort. The Dutch captured the "twenty and odd" Africans from the Spanish, who had enslaved them, and traded them to the Virginia colonists in exchange for foodstuffs. Early Africans who lived here included Antony and Isabell, whose son, William Tucker, likely was the first black child born in present-day Hampton. The family served the household of Capt. William Tucker, commander at Point Comfort. Whether the early Africans were treated as indentured servants or as slaves is uncertain. The institution of slavery evolved during the 17th century as the term of service for Africans was extended for life. The United States abolished slavery in 1865.
Marker NumberW-96
Year Placed1994
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:22am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 383600 N 4095786
Decimal Degrees37.00103333, -76.30820000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 0.062', W 76° 18.492'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 0' 3.72" N, 76° 18' 29.52" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 85-99 Fenwick Rd, Hampton VA 23651, US
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