The following videos have been made throughout the journey of the creation of the African Landing Memorial. These videos have centered around not just the elements of the memorial and the steps taken along the creative process, but also around our partner organizations and their monumental legacies. Fort Monroe Authority and our partners have been conducting countless hours of research, interviews, and community engagements to inform the public about the memorial and the immense history behind it.

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The Journey

Calvin Pearson, and Dr. Bill Wiggins discuss the advocacy of Project 1619 Inc. in sharing the narrative of 1619, and the reflection and emotional impact they hope for the African Landing Memorial.

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The Legacy

Descendants of Antoney and Isabella, Wanda Tucker and Carolita Jones Cope, discuss their family’s journey and thoughts on the African Landing Memorial.

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The Artist and Sculptor

In his own words, Brian R. Owens, discusses his perspective in creating the African Landing Memorial.

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The Site

Fort Monroe Authority Executive Director, Glenn Oder, discusses the process behind the selection for the site of the African Landing Memorial.

The Sculpture

The Elements of the Memorial

Artist and Sculptor Brian R. Owens discusses his thoughts behind the elements for the African Landing Memorial.

The Line to Angola

The Line to Angola

Fort Monroe Authority Executive Director, Glenn Oder, discusses the African Landing Memorial site element of a line to Angola.

African Landing Day 2020

African Landing Day 2020

Commemoration of the 1619 landing of the first enslaved Africans in the English speaking Virginia Colonies.