In Hampton, where colonial and Civil War markers abound, a mighty oak tree is perhaps one of the best known, if sometimes taken for granted, reminders of history. https://lat.ms/2ntq0cF
Born of a single seed, its trunk is now 16 feet around and at its height, soars 50 feet. A small studio apartment would easily fit under its shade. https://lat.ms/2ntq0cF
It’s where abolitionists secretly taught blacks from the Tidewater region to read and write. On a winter day in 1863, enslaved people flocked to it to hear the first Southern reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. https://lat.ms/2ntq0cF
This year, the Hampton Roads region is observing the 400th anniversary of 1619, a year that marked the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies just miles from the grand old oak. https://lat.ms/2ntq0cF
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