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JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) - A heckler who interrupted President Donald Trump's speech in Jamestown is a newly elected Muslim lawmaker from Virginia whose protests signs captured the anger felt by some over Trump's race-related rhetoric.

Del. Ibraheem Samirah held up three signs that said: "Deport Hate," "Reunite My Family" and "Go Back to Your Corrupted Home."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - President Donald Trump is set to visit historic Jamestown as Virginia commemorates the 400th anniversary of the rise of American democracy. But black Virginia state lawmakers are boycotting Tuesday's celebration in part over what they call Trump's disparaging comments toward minority leaders.

The president's planned participation in commemorations of the first representative assembly in the Western Hemisphere has been shadowed by the political tensions, with Virginia's entire Legislative Black Caucus pledging to stay away from Tuesday's ceremony in protest.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia mayor is resigning in protest from a historic Jamestown committee because of the group's reported plans to host President Donald Trump at the 400th anniversary celebration of the first representative legislative assembly in America.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney sent a resignation letter Monday saying Trump "denigrates our democracy" and has no place at the event.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Friday that Trump will attend the July 30 event, but the White House hasn't confirmed it to The Associated Press.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are sparring after a report that President Donald Trump will attend the 400th anniversary celebration of the first meeting of the state's legislative body in Jamestown.

Democrats have threatened to boycott the event because they say Trump doesn't represent their values - a reaction the Republican Senate majority leader calls disappointing and embarrassing.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Friday that Trump will attend the July 30 event, but the White House hasn't confirmed it to The Associated Press.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Researchers are trying to learn more about the first Africans who arrived in North America as slaves almost 400 years ago.

Historians have focused on a group of 20-some Africans they say were critical to the survival of Jamestown, England's first successful settlement in North America.

Many are known today only by their first names: Antony and Isabella, Angelo, Frances and Peter. They were kidnapped from what is now Angola and forcibly sailed across the ocean aboard three slave ships before being sold into bondage in Virginia.

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JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) - Four centuries after some of the first enslaved Africans were brought to English-controlled North America, plans are underway to commemorate their arrival in Virginia and reckon with slavery's legacy.

In 1619, Africans came on two ships that had recently raided what's believed to have been a Spanish slave vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Sailing into what's now Hampton, Virginia, the ships traded more than 30 Africans for food and supplies.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced another Virginia state grant to a craft brewery.

The governor's office announced Thursday that McAuliffe had approved a $100,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Growth Fund to Billsburg Brewery, which plans to open a new $1.4 million brewery in James City County.

The new brewery will be located near the Jamestown settlement, where the first Europeans settled in Virginia.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Archaeologists have discovered the human remains of four of the earliest leaders of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America.

Four burial sites were uncovered after more than 400 years. They were discovered in what's left of the floor of Jamestown's historic church. The site is the same church where Pocahontas famously married Englishman John Rolfe.