Several community roundtables have been held to engage key stakeholders from across the Commonwealth in the development of program and event concepts for the 2019 Commemoration.
An initial roundtable was hosted by the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond during the fall of 2013. Representatives from 26 organizations provided insight for early Commemoration planning and, in particular, provided recommendations for the commemoration of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World.
Hampton University hosted a second community roundtable in late 2014. Approximately 40 individuals from 30 organizations considered programs and events across all components of the commemoration, with additional focus on the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America.
A third community roundtable was held during the fall of 2015 at Jamestown Settlement. Individuals representing 19 organizations discussed ideas for signature events, educational programming and increasing tourism across the Historic Triangle.
On April 25, 2016, the 2019 Commemoration hosted a Millennial Strategy Luncheon in Richmond, where young professionals identified a number of potential event concepts and awareness strategies designed to attract millennial visitors to the Commonwealth and allow them to identify with the events of 1619 in an impactful way.
At an Education Roundtable at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on April 27, 2016, K-12 educators and administrators were provided with an opportunity to suggest potential partnerships, event concepts, and strategies intended to enhance the Commemoration’s educational efforts. Educators also identified a number of areas where the Commemoration might leverage emerging technologies in order to present the history of 1619 to large audiences in new and exciting ways.
The 2019 Commemoration office will continue to host roundtables and other community events in order to incorporate as many perspectives as possible into the planning process.