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Rev. Herbert Townes of the African American Committee of the Chesterfield Historical Society will present a program on the early African American presence at Bermuda Hundred on Wednesday, February 8th at the Colonial Heights Public Library. Included will be a discussion of slave ships and slave trading at this early colonial port. For four decades, Chesterfield County was the leading debarkation point for African-born slaves in Virginia. Records show that between 1698 and 1774 at least 16,000 enslaved Africans landed in what is now Chesterfield County. Townes will discuss this surprising piece of local history that is seldom discussed outside of a handful of historians. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the large meeting room at the library and is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Colonial Heights Historical Society.