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US State of Virginia Kicks Off 400th Anniversary Year

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The eastern U.S. state of Virginia is officially kicking off its commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown, the first arrival of African slaves in the British colonies, and other aspects of the state's colonial past. Gov. Ralph Northam headlined a kickoff at the state Capitol Wednesday promoting a yearlong series of activities and educational programming about the events of 1619. The House of Burgesses was the New World's...

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