1619: The Story of America’s First Documented Africans
Hosted By LaMott Community Center
Took place on Sunday, February 24th, 2019 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
LaMott Community Center
7420 Sycamore Ave, Elkins Park, PA 19027
FREE Event at LaMott Community Center The Citizens for the Restoration of Historical La Mott will host educator, historian, noted public speaker and award-winning author Ric Murphy will speak on the occasion of the anniversary of the first recorded Africans in English North America. In 2019, all Americans will celebrate an important milestone in American history, the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first recorded Africans in English North America. Documented in early colonial records, these men, women and children were known as the “20 odd” Africans, and they arrived on the English ship White Lion, in the British colony of Jamestown in late August 1619 at Point Comfort, along the James River, and reportedly were sold in exchange for food. Their historic journey documents a fascinating story of international colonialism, piracy, enslavement, the law of British head rights and colonial indenture ship. The importance of this history, for many present day African Americans is that many are probably descended from these first Africans and/or those who arrived in North America between 1619 and 1700. Donations welcome. Call (215) 885-2258 for more information.