First Africans Day

  • Sat, Jul 17, 2021 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Stratford Hall

    483 Great House Road, Stratford, VA

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Come visit Stratford Hall on July 17th for our inaugural 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 am: Opening Ceremony at African American Cemetery, Libations by Cheyney McKnight and African drumming by Slam Stewart* 

11:15 am - 12:00 pm: Payne Family History lecture, by Lois Johnson, and Local Buffalo Soldiers lecture, by Daisy Howard Douglas, in the Council House

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Food Trucks and Music; Cooking Demonstration in original 1738 kitchen by Dontavius Williams*

1:00-1:45 pm: Ghanaian History and Culture lecture with storyteller Valerie Davis in the Council House

2:00 pm: Tour of Stratford at the Crossroads: Atlantic Cultures and the Creation of America exhibit and Historic Area, with Stratford Hall's Director of Programming, Education, and Visitor Engagement, Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz 

4:00 pm: The Chronicles of Adam Performance, by Dontavius Williams in the Great Hall of the Great House*

5:00 pm: Open Mic in the Great Hall of the Great House

PLEASE NOTE: The last Audio Tour will begin at 3:00 pm due to the programs in the Great House.

6:00 pm: Closing Ceremony at the Potomac River Beachfront*

*These items will be streamed via Facebook Live. Please note: we may live stream other portions of the day if time allows. Certain recordings will also be available via our YouTube channel following the programs. 

This program is funded by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Date & Time

Sat, Jul 17, 2021 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Venue Details

Stratford Hall

483 Great House Road, Stratford, Virginia, 22520, United States

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 comes 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.