The Fort Monroe Foundation is grateful for the work of Project 1619, Inc. in advocating for creating a memorial to the first enslaved Africans who landed in 1619. Their early fundraising efforts and dedication to making sure there is an annual commemoration at Fort Monroe laid the groundwork for the African Landing Memorial project.

As the philanthropic arm of the Fort Monroe Authority, the Fort Monroe Foundation continues to work to support efforts to create the memorial.  To date, the Foundation has received numerous donations and grant monies for the project, however, more is needed.

Consider donating today. All donations submitted through this web site go directly to support the African Landing Memorial project.

Initiatives include:

  • sustain and maintain the memorial in the future years
  • expand outreach and educational programs across the nation and globally
  • enhance the interpretation through virtual reality experiences
  • create a travelling exhibit to ensure accessibility by all
  • host symposiums and conferences at the site
An aerial view of a large group of people gathered in a field for the 1619 Project in Virginia

The Fort Monroe Foundation is a public, 501(c)(3) entity established in 2011. The mission of the Foundation is to promote and sustain Fort Monroe, its programs and partners, through fundraising and stewardship of financial resources. The Foundation supports projects that focus on conservation, preservation, and educational initiatives surrounding Fort Monroe’s vast historic, cultural, and natural resources. Designated a National Monument, a Site of Memory associated to the Slave Route by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Historic Landmark District, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

You are invited to join a growing number of benefactors across the country who are supporting the creation of one of America’s most important memorials.

You can donate online or send your tax-deductible donation through the mail to:

Fort Monroe Foundation
20 Ingalls Rd
Fort Monroe, VA 23651

Email your questions to or visit our website at Fort Monroe Foundation in VA | Ways to Give