“In August 1619, 20 Angolans arrived in Virginia, forever changing the course of American history and creating a profound and enduring impact on the Virginia Colony,” said Linda Heywood, professor of African History and the History of the African Diaspora and African American Studies at Boston University. “This is the moment in history when African culture became an integral part of American culture. It is unfortunate that history books don’t teach us much about the remarkable backstory of the first Africans who arrived in Virginia. It is imperative that we study, understand and honor the enduring influence that these individuals, and other Africans who followed them during the next three decades, have on the landscape of modern day America.”
— KUSI News
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May 10, 2017