Commemoration of 1619 and the Legacy of Slavery in America

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The Center for Reconciliation

271 North Main Street

Providence, RI 02903

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Join us for a nationwide acknowledgment of the 1619 arrival of enslaved Africans in English North America through bells, song, and prayer.

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Please join the Center for Reconciliation for a national bell-ringing ceremony on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm EDT. Together with the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, UNESCO, the National Park Service, the First Congregational Church, St. Michael's Church, the Warren Baptist Church, the Bristol Historical & Preservation Society and countless other churches and organizations throughout the state and country, the CFR will participate in this ceremony to commemorate 400 years since the arrival of “20 and odd” captive Africans at Port Comfort in Virginia, thus marking what is considered to be the official beginning of racial slavery in English North America.

Our ceremony will take place at 3:00 pm in front of the big wooden cross in front of the Cathedral of St. John, and will include a ringing of a traditional Ghanaian gankogui bell, prayers, songs in English and in the Ghanaian language Twi, and a discussion of the history and impact of this arrival.

If you are unable to join us in person, please watch the livestream on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CenterForReconciliation). If your church would like to participate, please see our linked Toolkit that includes prayers, historical information, and social media post images.

This program is free and open to the public. If you are interested in supporting the work of the Center for Reconciliation, we would appreciate your donation with your RSVP.

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271 North Main Street

Providence, RI 02903

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