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400 Years of African American History Commission

On January 8, 2018, Public Law 115-102, a bipartisan, bicameral legislative initiative, established a National Park Service commission to recognize 400 years of African American history.  This commission is responsible for telling 400 years of the African American story – in the fullness of its beauty, pain, and triumph.  

The year 2019 marks 400 years since the arrival in 1619 of the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies on an English-built, Dutch flag privateer on the site of what is now Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Virginia.  In 2007, the United States commemorated the 400th anniversary of our nation’s English roots in Jamestown, Virginia, and in 2015, the country recognized the 450th anniversary of our nation’s Hispanic roots in St. Augustine, Florida.  Consequently, we must similarly commemorate our nation’s African roots, without which America would be unrecognizable.

The Secretary of the Interior will make final appointments to the board but will consider recommendations from Members of Congress, Governors, and civil rights and historic organizations.  Consequently, Congressman Lewis wants to ensure that all constituents are aware of this opportunity.

The Office of Congressman Lewis will only accept completed, electronic applications submitted through the website.  The deadline for applicants from Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District is Monday, February 26, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

You will need to upload --

  • A cover letter explaining the candidate's expertise or qualifications to serve on the Commission; and 
  • A biography or resume for the candidate.

Please click here to apply.

If you have any questions, please call the Washington, D.C., office at (202) 225-3801.