Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying about 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. Though America did not even exist yet, their arrival marked its foundation, the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built. In August, The New York Times Magazine observed this anniversary with a special project that examined the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States.

Take the time to explore the many essays and resources that accompany this project. Click the following links to view the resources.