Serving Williamsburg, James City County and Yorktown, we offer a safe place to have open and honest dialogue about race, and to work towards healing from racial wounds that are rooted in the United States' history of slavery.
Coming to the Table
Virginia's Historic Triangle
The Historic Triangle of Virginia is a beautiful historic community that holds the distinction of being the "birthplace of America." Yet, below the surface, the community we call home is the place where seeds of racism were planted 400 years ago. Today our nation is choking on the bitter fruit these seeds produced.
In order to uproot a tree, you must cut off the roots. We approach the CTTT mission as arborists, committed to cutting off racism at the root of America, and ushering in racial healing and reconciliation.
We create opportunities for people to come together, sit down at the table of brotherhood and to get to know each other by respectfully listening to each other’s truths. We also plan educational programs and community initiatives to repair the harm from centuries of racial inequity and injustices.
We value and recognize diverse leadership and participation as the cornerstone of our success. Guests and new members are welcome to our monthly meetings, which are typically held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in Williamsburg.
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Virginia’s Historic Triangle is the 30th chapter of Coming to the Table (CTTT), a national racial reconciliation organization. Our story begins in 2019, a historic year, as the United States and Virginia commemorated the 400th anniversary of the First Africans in Virginia.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared 2019 as the “Year of Reconciliation and Civility” and encouraged all Virginians to “observe the year by raising awareness and taking steps to promote a more equal, just, and civil society in America.”
Upon hearing the proclamation, our founder, Laura Hill, began searching for existing reconciliation initiatives. In Richmond, VA, an event sponsored by Virginians for Reconciliation captured her interest. This event brought together the descendants of Dred Scott and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney in an effort to usher in racial healing. Ms. Hill was determined to bring this type of racial healing and reconciliation to the Historic Triangle where she has lived for more than 20 years.
When researching racial reconciliation groups, Ms. Hill stumbled upon a group called Coming to the Table. She contacted their national office and learned that there was no chapter in her area. The rest is history!
Founded on April 4, 2019, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, Coming to the Table--Historic Triangle was established to usher in racial reconciliation at the root of America -- Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. The first meeting was held on June 18th at Jamestown Christian Fellowship Church.
On August 20, 2019, we sponsored the Coming to the Table Commemorative Gathering to recognize the 400th Anniversary of the First Africans in Virginia. More than 40 leaders and members from Coming to the Table chapters nationwide attended, including the co-founder William Hunt Hairston, who was the keynote speaker for the weekend event.
In February, 2020, we partnered with James City County’s Freedom Park to sponsor a successful Black History Month program featuring local authors Colonel Lafayette Jones and Bill Sizemore. This event highlighted the lives of slaves, slave owners and freedmen with special focus on the lives of descendants from the three groups.
Committed to the safety of all chapter members, virtual meetings began in April, 2020. However, in the wake of the George Floyd murder, Ms. Hill was invited to speak at a community rally sponsored by Chickahominy Baptist Church in Colonial Williamsburg, on June 7, 2020. She gave a rousing speech calling for racial justice. Ms. Hill reminded the more than 600 attendees that “Racist laws are man-made and that laws that are made by man can be changed by man.”
Coming to the Table--Historic Triangle served as the lead organizer and co-sponsor of Heal Williamsburg, Heal the Nation - Reparations/Racial Equity Rally, held on October 3rd at the Capitol Building in Colonial Williamsburg. More than a dozen community leaders gathered to share their goals and vision for racial equity and reparations in Williamsburg, the colonial capital of Virginia. The rally was educational and intricate to helping to position Williamsburg as a state and national leader in racial healing, reconciliation and equity.