First Africans Day

  • July 27, 2024 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Stratford Hall

    483 Great House Road
    Stratford, Virginia 22520
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Visit Stratford Hall 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, dancing, art, storytelling, special tours, and lectures.


10:00am - 10:45am: Opening Ceremony at the African American Cemetery

Historic Area

11:00am - 2:00pm: Historical Interpreters: Dontavius Williams, Willie Wright & Hope Wright, Harold Caldwell

11:00am - 12:00pm: Lecture by Joe McGill

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Music of the African Diaspora, SlamOne LLC

1:00pm - 2:00pm: African and African American Folktales and arts and crafts

2:00pm - 3:00pm: African Dance Demonstration: Kuumba Dance Ensemble Inc.

2:00pm - 4:00pm: Art Show with Artist, Ehi Obinyan, Available for Conversation

3:00pm - 3:45pm: Drum Circle, SlamOne LLC

4:00pm - 5:30pm: Open Mic and Storytelling in the Great House

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Closing Ceremony at the Riverfront


11:00am - 4:00pm: Food trucks and DJ



Date & Time

Sat, Jul 27, 2024 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Venue Details

Stratford Hall

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

Stratford Hall brings together people from around the world to experience two-thousand acres of natural and human history, preserved and presented so that we can all learn from the courageous struggles of our ancestors, taking inspiration both from what they endured and what they accomplished. There are few places in America where people can travel down small, rural roads to arrive at a vast site that preserves so many aspects of early-American life, from the Great House where the influential Lee family helped to forge a new nation, to the fields worked by enslaved Africans, to the waters of the rivers that fueled trade, to the ground, which still yields secrets about the people and animals that lived before.

Come experience this extraordinary place and learn about a layered history that began millions of years ago - a history that continues to educate, inspire, and influence Americans to the present day.

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