February 27 • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“After Angelo,” a one-day program honoring the legacy of the first African woman mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown, returns to Jamestown Settlement on Saturday, February 27, 2021, for a lively celebration of African-American culture and heritage.
Festivities begin at 12 noon with a traditional African Libation by Corey Staten and a performance by Atumpan Dance Theatre. The rest of the day will be filled with art, music, storytelling and a community conversation. See the full schedule of event activities.
All programs and activities have been adapted to meet protective protocols and social-distancing procedures to create a safe museum environment for everyone to enjoy. Capacity is limited in indoor performance locations. Event activities are included with museum admission.
Musical and Dance Performances
The day features a variety of performances in the Robert V. Hatcher, Jr., Rotunda and Robins Foundation Theater:
- 12 to 12:30 p.m. Opening Libation and Performance by Atumpan Dance Theatre
- 12:30 to 1 p.m. Drumming and Storytelling by Brandon Lee and Sylvia Tabb Lee
- 1 to 1:30 p.m. “Between Two Shores” performance of Angelo by Valarie Gray Holmes
- 1:30 to 2 p.m. Instrumental Music by Odysseus
- 3:30 to 4 p.m. Atumpan Dance Theatre featuring Corey the Talented Blind Guy and LaQuita Marie
- 4 to 4:30 p.m. Instrumental Music by Odysseus
- 4:30 to 5 p.m. Drumming and Storytelling by Brandon Lee and Sylvia Tabb Lee
At 2 p.m. in the Robins Foundation Theater, join Barbara Hamm Lee, host of WHRO/WHRV’s “Another View,” a weekly call-in radio talk show that discusses today’s topics from an African-American perspective, for a “Many Voices/One Story” community discussion with Christy S. Coleman, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. The one-hour event explores the importance of including African American, American Indian and other cultural perspectives in teaching America’s history.
Museum Gallery Exhibits & Films
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jamestown Settlement’s expansive gallery exhibits and dramatic films tell the story of Virginia Indian, English and West Central African cultures who converged in the 17th century. The documentary film, “1607: A Nation Takes Root,” shown every 30 minutes in the museum theater, traces the evolution of the Virginia Company that sponsored the Jamestown Colony, examines the relationship between the English colonists and the Powhatan Indians, and chronicles the arrival of the first recorded Africans in 1619. Period artifacts and immersive films and exhibits share historical accounts of the first documented Africans to Virginia in 1619, their homeland in Ndongo (Angola), life in the Virginia colony, development of the transatlantic slave trade and the evolution of a new African-American culture. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 27, museum educators and volunteers will be on hand in gallery exhibits with education carts to offer additional context to the African story and culture through maps and illustrations.
Artists, Vendors & Community Organizations
Throughout the day, art by African-American artists will be on display, some of which will be available for purchase. Space also will be available for local organizations promoting and empowering the Black community to host a community table to share their stories and literature or special activities.
About the ‘Finding Angelo’ Portrait by Miles Austin
Against the backdrop of a special Jamestown Settlement seminar in 2019 honoring the first African woman in Virginia, the echo of Angelo’s legacy came to life in real time as Richmond, Va., artist Austin Miles created an interpretive portrait of the first African woman mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown. Visitors on February 27 can view the painting on display.
“After Angelo” special event supported in part by the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission.
About Jamestown Settlement
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg and features expansive exhibition galleries and films that connect visitors with the lives of the Powhatan, English and West Central African cultures that converged at 17th-century Jamestown. Outdoor living-history areas, open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., feature historical interpretation in outdoor re-creations of a Paspahegh town, 1607 English ships and colonial fort.
All daytime performances, activities and speaker presentations during this special event are included with museum admission: $18.00 for adults, $9.00 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. A value-priced combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $28.90 for adults and $14.45 for ages 6-12. For more information, call (757) 253-4838.