SOURCE: Jamestown 2007

August 21, 2007 09:56 ET

Jamestown 2007 Presents the Third Annual Virginia Black Expo

Cultural Theme Explores the African-American Imprint on America

WILLIAMSBURG, VA--(Marketwire - August 21, 2007) - Explore 400 years of the African-American Imprint on America during the 2007 Virginia Black Expo: A Cultural and Commerce Exposition. For the first time, the expo will highlight America's rich African-American heritage as well as the nation's entrepreneurial spirit. This year's expo is a Signature Event of America's 400th Anniversary and takes place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center on Saturday, August 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jamestown 2007, the organizing agency for the 18-month commemoration, is presenting the new cultural component of the 2007 Virginia Black Expo. The exhibits on display at the expo's cultural pavilion include Don't Grieve After Me, which explores the African-American experience in Virginia from 1619 to the present, a preview of the new traveling exhibit "African-American Trailblazer" as well as exhibits on music, the civil rights era, African-American inventors and African-American contributions at NASA.

The pavilion also includes a special exhibit of photographs and artifacts from the 1907 Tercentennial Exposition Negro Building. The exhibit is being showcased by Patricia Sluby, great granddaughter of Giles Jackson, director general of the Negro Development and Exposition Company, Jamestown, 1907.

"The African and African-American presence at Jamestown serves as a central theme to the 18-month observance of Jamestown as America's first permanent English settlement. Together with the Virginia Indians and Europeans, they laid the foundation for America's culturally diverse heritage, now 400 years strong," said Jeanne Zeidler, Jamestown 2007's executive director.

The third annual Virginia Black Expo, produced by Thomas-McCants Media, Inc., will feature more than 200 African-American vendors who will showcase their products and services; celebrity entertainers Louis Gossett Jr., LL Cool J and Yolanda Adams; business-themed workshops; youth activities; and food vendors. Cost for the expo is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12.

Jamestown 2007, a sub-agency of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, is coordinating efforts to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Va., the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. The nation's first representative government, free enterprise system and culturally diverse society began at Jamestown. State, national, and international commemorative events to salute these legacies began in May 2006 and continue into 2008. Major corporate sponsors of America's 400th Anniversary include Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Other supporters include Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. (NYSE: BUD), AirTran Airways (NYSE: AAI), Dominion, James City County, Philip Morris USA, SunTrust, TowneBank and Wolseley PLC/Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Contributors include the City of Poquoson and Rutherfoord Insurance. More information about the commemoration is available at www.Americas400thAnniversary.com.

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