Hampton is a city of 137,436 located in Southeast Virginia. As one of the seven major cities that comprise the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, it is on the southeastern end of the Virginia Peninsula.
In the latter part of August 1619, a Dutch ship, the White Lion, appeared off the coast of Old Point Comfort. Its cargo included 20 plus Africans captured from the slave ship Sao Joao Bautista. These were the first Africans to come ashore on English-occupied land in what would become the United States. John Rolfe, the widower of Pocahontas, wrote in a letter that he was at Point Comfort and witnessed the arrival of the first Africans. Although these first Bantu men from Angola were considered indentured servants, their arrival marked the beginning of slavery in North America. Two of the first Africans to arrive at Old Point Comfort in 1619 were Antonio and Isabella. Their child, the first of African descent born in North America, was born in January 1624.
To the south of Fort Monroe, the Town of Hampton had the misfortune to be burned during both the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War. From the ruins of Hampton left by evacuating Confederates in 1861, "Contraband" slaves (formerly owned by Confederates and under a degree of Union protection) built the Grand Contraband Camp, the first self-contained African American community in the United States. A number of modern-day Hampton streets retain their names from that community. The large number of contrabands who sought the refuge of Fort Jefferson and the Grand Contraband Camp led to educational efforts which eventually included establishment of Hampton University, site of the famous Emancipation Oak.
In modern times, Hampton has become the sixth most populous city in Virginia. According to the 2010 Census, the city population is 137,436. For residents and visitors alike, the city features a wide array of business and industrial enterprises, retail and residential areas, and historical sites. Most recently, the new Peninsula Town Center development opened in May 2010 on the site of the former Coliseum Mall. Located in the area adjacent to the Hampton Coliseum and the Convention Center, the new urbanism-type project features a wide mix of retail stores, housing and other attractions. Development of new residential development and additional public facilities (such as the new fishing pier recently opened) are underway at Buckroe Beach, long a noted resort area.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,532, and the median income for a family was $46,110. Males had a median income of $31,666 versus $24,578 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,774. About 8.8% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.
Hampton's mild four season climate means outdoor activities can be enjoyed year round. The weather in Hampton is temperate and seasonal. Summers are hot and humid with cool evenings. The mean annual temperature is 70 °F, with an average annual snowfall of 6 inches and an average annual rainfall of 47 inches. No measurable snow fell in 1999. The wettest seasons are the spring and summer, although rainfall is fairly constant all year round. The highest recorded temperature was 105.0 °F in 1980. The lowest recorded temperature was -7 °F on January 21, 1985.
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
Above All Hair Studio & Spa - Category: Black Hair Salons - 2502 Build America Drive, Hampton, VA 23666-3223 (757) 838-4100
A Perfect Image Hair Studio - Category: Black Hair Salons - 1029 W Mercury Blvd # D, Hampton, VA 23666-3406 (757) 262-0021
Exquisite Designs Hair Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - 2155-B Cunningham Drive, Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 826-0266 - (visit website)
Hair City Studio - Category: Black Hair Salons - 12 Olde Towne Lane, Hampton, VA 23669 (757) 723-8869
Just Braids - Category: Black Hair Salons - 5107 West Mercury Boulevard, Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 827-3282
Monica Hair Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - 19 West Mercury Boulevard, Hampton, VA 23669-2508 (757) 265-7560
Spoiled Rotten Beauty Boutique - Category: Black Hair Salons - 212 S. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA (757) 602-5860
Style Experience - Category: Black Hair Salons - Hampton's premier black hair salon. Specializing in relaxers, weaves wraps, updos, quick weaves and every aspect of black hair care. - 612 Aberdeen Road, Hampton, VA 23661-1802 (757) 838-2920 - (visit website)
BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.
Hampton University - Category: Historically Black College - Hampton, VA 23668-0099 (757) 727-5000 x 5474 - (visit website)
Magnolia House B&B Inn - Category: Bread & Breakfast Inn - 232 S. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, Virginia 23669 (757) 722-2888 - (visit website)
New Generation Cleaning Service - Category: Cleaning Services - Quality commercial cleaning at its best - P.O. Box 7192 , Hampton, Virginia (757) 531-5875
AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
African American Heritage Sites - Category: Culture - 710 Settlers Landing Rd, Hampton, VA 23669-4035 (757) 727-1102
Hampton History Museum - Category: Museum - 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA 23669-4096 (757) 727-1610 - (visit website)
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Annie’s Soulfood Kitchen - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 908 West Pembroke Avenue, Hampton, VA, (757) 256-0387
Top Braid Service Provider Hampton Roads Virginia (757) 328-3492
Drumming 4the Ancestors 2014
Drumming 4the Ancestors 2014. Come and Honor your African Ancestors through the sound of the drum. Help us Celebrate in Remembrance of those that paved the way for us. Learn about you history and embrace your culture. Bring your djembes, lawn chairs, comfortable clothing, and humble spirits. Also enjoy Brother Michael Imhotep as he helps us connect the dots in our history.
Saturday August 2, 2014
Buckroe Beach (Observation Pier)
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