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The Legal Implications of the 1619 African Arrival

400 Years of Perseverance: The Legal Implications of the 1619 African Arrival
Thursday, November 7, 2019  | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the African arrival in the Virginia Colony, 1619-2019, as recorded by John Rolfe. You can learn more here. Jamestown, VA, founded in 1607, is seen as the cornerstone of America. The African knowledge about farming, livestock and metal works was crucial to the survival of Jamestown and the Virginia Colony. However, the legal contribution of Africans in the Colony provides pivotal insights into criminal justice, voting rights, inheritance,  citizenship, religion and racial disparities with vestiges that can be seen today. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall will discuss the controversy around the legal status of Africans in the colony, early freedom lawsuits and the intricacies of legislation leading to chattel enslavement.

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

Sponsored by: Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Deborah Martin Owens, Executive Director



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