Nation marks 400 years since first enslaved Africans arrived in what is now America
WASHINGTON - The nation is marking 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in what is now America.
FOX 5's Bob Barnard visited the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture where exhibits document the history of the slave trade.
It was 400 years ago that Portuguese ships arrived in Virginia carrying kidnapped Africans from what is present-day Angola and traded them for food and supplies from English colonists.
This weekend in Hampton, Virginia, a family that traces its bloodline to America's first enslaved Africans will gather at its cemetery to reflect on their arrival 400 years ago.