Planning Your Visit to Fort Monroe and the future site of
the African Landing Memorial

The future site of the African Landing Memorial is located along the seawall on Fenwick Road adjacent to the land across from the Lighthouse and in front of the Engineer Wharf (fishing pier).

There are two interpretive panels that provide information about the memorial. Additionally, visitors will find the Virginia Historical Marker nearby along the walkway. There is an exhibit specific to the creation of the memorial as well as a gallery that interprets the early history of the site and the information about the landing in 1619.

Start at the Visitor & Education Center at Fort Monroe, 30 Ingalls Rd, Fort Monroe, VA 23651.Or call (757) 690-8181 for additional information, questions or directions.

The Visitor & Education Center is open to the public Wed-Sun 9:30 AM-4:30 p.m There is ample parking and the building is ADA compliant.

Groups of 10 or more, educational programs, or guided tours/visits, call us at 757 690-8181 or email us at visit@fortmonroe.org for group tour information. Non-FMA conducted or hosted tours, guided visits or programs are prohibited in any FMA facilities and use of outdoor spaces require a permit from the Venues, Events and Media Production Department, email: FMevents@fortmonroe.org

Planning Your Visit to Fort Monroe and the future site of the African Landing Memorial

Come Learn at Fort Monroe!

Looking to plan a field trip to Fort Monroe? Let the historic site be your classroom! Fort Monroe Authority has education opportunities for all ages and types of learners. There are hands-on programs as well as general tours.

Please see our different options for your students or group below.

Programs and Tours

Arc of Freedom

“What is Freedom?”

What is freedom? Is there a single definition that fits everyone throughout history? Discover the narratives of individuals in the history of Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort, from the first landing of Africans in 1619, the Contraband Decision of 1861, formation of the United States Colored Troops, and their unique experiences with the word freedom.

“Cultures and Communities”

How have cultures helped shape communities over hundreds, if not thousands of years? Explore the different ways that the cultures of the indigenous, English colonizers, and first enslaved Africans in the English speaking Virginia colonies helped to shape the communities we live in today at Point Comfort and beyond.

Cultures and Communities
Fort Monroe’s Freedom Tour

Fort Monroe’s Freedom Tour

Embark on a walking tour around Fort Monroe to learn the 400 plus years of history that have shaped what we know today as the United States, while understanding that not everyone’s experiences have been the same or equal.

How to book a program or a tour

All education programs use primary and secondary sources as a way for students to explore narratives through the lenses of individuals that have set foot at Fort Monroe. Students evaluate these sources in order to understand and interpret historical context and narrative. Programs are aligned with Virginia Standards of Learning, as well as Common Core State Standards. Programs can be modified for grade levels.

Can’t visit us in person? No problem, we’ll come to you.

Fort Monroe Authority education staff can work with you and your students through our education studio virtually! See some of the same spaces, primary documents, and artifacts in your own classroom. Take a look at our programs on CILC.org.

For more information, please contact us at education@fortmonroe.org.

Can’t visit us in person? No problem, we’ll come to you. To book a VIRTUAL education program, find us on CILC.org at https://www.cilc.org/ContentProvider/ViewContentProvider.aspx?id=756
How to book a program or a tour
How to book a program or a tour

Accessibility

Fort Monroe welcomes everyone and strives to be accessible to all. Because the site is located on a former Army post some accessibility challenges are present. The Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) is committed to creating the best experience for all visitors and enhancing accessibility to museum facilities, public programs, services and activities. When possible FMA will make reasonable modifications when necessary to afford visitors with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from programs, services and facilities. Call (757) 690-8181 for information about accessibility for people with disabilities.

Conduct while visiting

Fort Monroe Authority is committed to exploring our shared history in an environment that is welcoming, respectful and safe for all visitors.

We ask visitors:
  • Be open to learning in a shared space.
  • Create an environment free of harassment and threatening behavior.
  • Engage in dialogue without discriminatory language.
  • Show respect to staff, fellow visitors and property.

Fort Monroe Authority does not tolerate racist, sexist or homophobic comments, vandalism, physical contact or harassment of any kind in any of our public spaces.

Conduct while visiting
Conduct while visiting

Photography & video recording

Unless otherwise posted, guests may take pictures and video recordings for personal, non-commercial use. There are some areas that indicate “no photography:” please adhere to the restriction.

Not allowed:
  • Flash photography
  • Use of tripods, monopods, selfie sticks or other similar equipment
  • Drones and other unmanned aerial devices or systems on museum property and grounds

Direct commercial and media requests for filming and photography to the Fort Monroe Authority should be sent to memorial1619@fortmonroe.org.