The African-American Experience in Isle of Wight County
This online exhibit highlights historical records as well as notable individuals and groups
with photographs and items from the museum's collection.
To augment the museum's collection with your photographs, memories and documents, contact the museum
for an appointment to help preserve and interpret this important element of our county's history.
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African-American history in Virginia dates to August 1619 when the first Africans were involuntarily brought to the shores of the James River.
In 1623, Isle of Wight County, then Warraskoyack Shire, documents its first four African-Americans at Bennett's Welcome, the plantation belonging to Edward Bennett.
Africans arriving at Jamestown, 1619, Public domain via Wikimedia Commons