First Africans Day

  • Sat, Jul 16, 2022 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Stratford Hall

    483 Great House Road
    Stratford, Virginia 22520
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Come and visit Stratford Hall on July 16th for First Africans Day, commemorating the enslaved Africans and African Americans who built and sustained Stratford Hall and the Lee family for generations. This will be a free, full day of remembering and honoring those enslaved at Stratford Hall and their descendants, through music, storytelling, special tours, and lectures.


11:00-11:45 am: Opening Ceremony: African drumming, singing, and a performance by the Shiloh Baptist Church Choir. Gravestone dedication, African American Cemetery

1:00 pm: Performance by Storyteller  & Performer Valerie Davis, Council House

2:00-3:30 pm: Bessida White, African American Genealogy Workshop, Council House

5:00-5:30 pm: The Chronicles of Adam Performance, Great Hall in Great House 

5:30-6:30: pm Open Mic, Great Hall in Great House

PLEASE NOTE: The last Audio Tour will begin at 2:00 pm due to the programs in the Great House.

7:00 pm Closing Ceremony, shoreline of the Potomac River 

12:00 - 5:00 pm: Demonstrations throughout the Historic Site

Dontavius Williams, African American Historical Foodways Demonstration, Historic Kitchen

Nicole Moore, 19th century African American History and Culture, Payne Memorial Cabin

Date & Time

Sat, Jul 16, 2022 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Venue Details

Stratford Hall

483 Great House Road
Stratford, Virginia 22520 Stratford Hall
Stratford Hall

A National Historic Landmark, Stratford Hall is home to the Lees of Virginia and is located in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Nestled along the Potomac River, Stratford Hall’s nearly 2,000 acres come to life through the presentation and preservation of the 18th-century Great House, vibrant gardens, natural trails revealing breathtaking river views, and the stories of all who lived here. 

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