New emphasis on black history in Virginia

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JAMESTOWN -- Alexander Hamilton remembered the pesky part of his long-ago fourth-grade class trip to Jamestown. But until recently, he didn't necessarily remember all the history.

He suspects that it was the same for many African-American families who came to Jamestown Settlement on Saturday for African Imprint Day, created to highlight the role of Africans in Virginia's early history.

"They remembered the flies," Hamilton joked about what memories remained of so many grade-school field trips.

"But they didn't know about all this."

The "all this" that Hamilton, president of the Virginia African-American Forum, referred to was the expanded galleries and story at Jamestown Settlement.

They now include greater emphasis on the story of the first 20 or so Africans taken to Virginia and those who came after.

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