It is a first for President Barack Obama. He is using his Executive Powers through the Antiquities act making a historic site designation to create jobs. President Obama is designating, Hampton, Virginia’s Fort Monroe as an historic site. The fort started its military action defense for Jamestown in 1609. The 570-acre site was also considered as one of the original slave ports in the Colonies. The designation is also expected to boost the economy in that state with the creation of three thousand jobs.
Fort Monroe’s historic significance also contributes to African American history by being one of the points of entry for slaves into the colonies for many enslaved Africans in America. White House statements contend, after the Middle Passage, that area is a place where Dutch traders first brought enslaved Africans to America in 1619. More than 200 years later, during the Civil War, the fort, under Union possession, turned into a place of refuge for thousands of escaped slaves. Fort Monroe Closed last month and was turned over to state control. Concern swirled the Fort would fall into developer’s hands if the President did not act. Fort Monroe is Virginia’s 22nd National Park. Data reveals national parts are responsible for 13.3 billion dollars of local, and private sector economic activity nationwide supporting 267 thousand jobs.