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2019 Commemoration

2015 Progress Report from the 2019 Steering Committee

2019 Steering Committee Co-chairs Delegate M. Kirkland Cox and Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

In less than four years, the Commonwealth will commemorate the ongoing journey toward the key ideals of America: Democracy, Diversity and Opportunity — three forces that converged in Virginia in 1619 and have been shaping America ever since. The Commemoration will mark the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America, observance of the first official Thanksgiving, and the expanding impact of women on the Virginia Colony. The Commemoration will launch a series of programs and events of national and international significance to build awareness of Virginia’s role in the creation of the United States and position Virginia as a global leader in education, economic development and tourism.

Co-Chaired by Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. and Delegate M. Kirkland Cox, the 2019 Steering Committee is supported by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, which was designated by the General Assembly during the 2013 session as the official Executive Branch agency to help the Commonwealth establish planning systems for commemorating in 2019 the 400th anniversary of these landmark events in Virginia’s history. The General Assembly appropriated $317,532 during the 2015 session to assist planning activities, and this progress report will highlight key milestones achieved and outline plans for the remainder of FY 16, and subsequent years.

Click here to view the Steering Committee’s full 2015 progress report to the Virginia General Assembly. The work of the Steering Committee is supported by a 2019 Commemoration office based at Jamestown Settlement. To reach the office, call (757) 253-4219. Visit the 2019 website.

1619 Assembly Jack Clifton Library of VA-web

The 2019 Commemoration observes the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, held at the church in Jamestown. (Painting by Jack Clifton, 1969, Library of Virginia.)