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The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade was responsible for the enslavement and displacement of many Africans of different ages, genders, and cultures. The memorial presents the diversity in a line of African men, women, and children trudging down a pier in chains, the last figure looking back across the ocean to Africa’s western coast.
The Port of Hampton Roads in Chesapeake, Virginia is the location in which the first enslaved Africans arrived in North America in 1619. Only about 20 of the 60 Africans survived the voyage and departed.
Slave Trade, Trans-Atlantic, Port of Hampton Roads, Chesapeake, Virginia
Rapp, Jerimiah; DeRouen, Jonathan; Flowers, Joy; and Rush, Logan, "National Memorial for the First Twenty" (2019). History from Below: Memorialization Projects. 8.