Virginia has long been recognized as the birthplace of America, and 2019 will be the 400th anniversary of four major Virginia events of national significance. The 2019 Commemoration will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America, the recruitment of English women in significant numbers, observance of the first official English Thanksgiving in North America, and the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of the Virginia Colony. The 2019 Commemoration Steering Committee has launched a series of programs and events of national and international significance to build awareness of Virginia’s role in the creation of the United States and reinforce Virginia’s position as a global leader in education, tourism, and economic development. (2017 Progress Report. American Evolution , 3 Jan. 2018).