During the month of July, the Loudoun Museum is hosting the traveling exhibit “1619: Arrival of the First Africans” from the Hampton History Museum. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first documented Africans to North America.
The museum is located at 16 Loudoun St., SW in historic Leesburg. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“It is critically important to understand the forced migration of Africans to North America and how it forever changed our country and the continent,” Loudoun Museum Executive Director Dr. Joseph Rizzo said.
In addition to the exhibit, the museum will also co-host a free public lecture with the Loudoun County Public Library on July 17 to commemorate the anniversary.
Ric Murphy, an award-winning writer and educator, will give the lecture. There will be a reception at the Loudoun Museum at 6 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so registration is required. For more information, contact the Loudoun Museum at 703-777-7427 or register at http://bit.ly/RicMurphyTalk