The first Africans brought to the English Colonies of America came ashore in the latter part of August 1619 at Point Comfort, today's Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia.
John Rolfe was the Secretary of the Virginia Company whose job was to inform England what was taking place in the colony.
In August 1619 John Rolfe was at Point Comfort supervising the planting of the fall crop.
On September 30, 1619 he wrote a letter back to England which states.
"About the latter end of August, a Dutch man of Warr of the burden of 160 tons arrived at Point Comfort, the Commanders name was Capt. Jope. He brought not anything but 20 and odd Negroes.”
Two of the original Africans who stayed at Point Comfort became servants of Capt. William Tucker, the Commander at Point Comfort. In 1623 they gave birth to William Tucker, the first documented child of African descent born in English North America.
The above sign was installed by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources at the Landing Site at Fort Monroe.
Calvin Pearson at Landing site marker. Picture courtesy of the Daily Press newspaper.
Present day Fort Monroe, a National Monument.