WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 25, 2019 — African-American women, from 1619 to today, are honored as Jamestown Settlement presents “After Angelo: Celebrating Black Women in America” on February 23. The legacy of Angelo, the first African woman mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown, and African-American women in Virginia are celebrated with a day of music, dramatic performance and historical presentations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a night of jazz and blues from 6 to 10 p.m.
“After Angelo” begins with a welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Robins Foundation Theater honoring 1619’s first African arrivals and the tenacious spirit of the African women, and men, who strove to preserve and pass on their unique cultures and heritage in early Virginia. At 11 a.m., keynote speaker Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of History at Norfolk State University, will explore “Building the Black Community,” followed by a moderated panel discussion at 12-1 p.m. where panelists will explore “Re-interpreting History through the Lives and Eyes of Black Women” with an opportunity for audience participation and a question-and-answer session.
Throughout the day, live entertainment in the Rotunda features performances by Time for Two Violin & Cello Duo, Claves Unidos dance collective, and Masaharu Effect, featuring vocalist Kristen Merritt. In the Great Hall and galleries, storytelling, character portrayals and historical interpretations will both enchant and educate visitors. Families also can enjoy face painting, crafts and games.
“After Angelo” continues into the evening with a night of jazz and blues starting at 6 p.m. This special ticketed nighttime concert features performances by Liz Montgomery & Jazz Trio at 7 p.m. and Jackie Scott & the Housewreckers from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in the Robins Foundation Theater. Concessions will be available for purchase before the show and during intermission, and a separate ticket to this evening event must be purchased in advance or at the door for $20 at bit.ly/nightofjazzandblues.
When Angelo stepped off the ship “Treasurer” to view her new home in Virginia, she saw no one who looked like her – only her captors. Having arrived in 1619 as an enslaved woman from the Portuguese colony of Angola in west central Africa, not much is known about Angelo’s life in Virginia. However, her story is recorded in the 1625 “Muster of the Inhabitants of Virginia,” on loan from The National Archives for the first time in 400 years and told as part of Jamestown Settlement’s new special exhibition “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” – a legacy project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. only as part of the evening ticketed concert on February 23.
“After Angelo” is an integral part of African-American Cultural Heritage Month at Jamestown Settlement, with monthlong activities and educational demonstrations accompanied by engaging visuals and music that invites visitors to compare Angolan culture with that of the English and Powhatan Indians they encountered in Virginia. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, periodic lectures throughout the month and daily programming will explore the role and impact of African Americans on both sides of the war.
“After Angelo” Daytime and Evening Admission: All daytime performances, activities and speaker presentations during this special event are included with museum admission: $17.50 for adults, $8.25 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. A value-priced combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $26.00 for adults and $12.50 for ages 6-12. A separate ticket is required to attend the evening concert and can be purchased for $20 atbit.ly/nightofjazzandblues.
For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit historyisfun.org/jamestown-