National Park Rangers will offer a tour about Boston’s role in the slave trade on Saturday August 24th At 10 a.m., meeting at Long Wharf. Celebrations in Hampton, VA at the Fort Monroe Commemoration are ongoing.

On Sunday, August 25th Boston, will participate in the National Day of Healing. Read details enclosed.

 August 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, today Fort Monroe National Monument.

The National Parks of Boston and its partners will come together in solidarity on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. and join the nationwide, 4 minute (one minute for each century) bell ringing ceremony, to honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in North America.

The public is invited to pause, reflect, and honor those enslaved Africans who arrived in 1619 and subsequent generations who endured hardship, possessed resilience, and contributed to the history and development of the United States.

Bell ringing will take place at Faneuil Hall, USS Cassin Young, USS Constitution, Old South Meeting House, Old North Church, and King’s Chapel.Throughout the weekend the National Parks of Boston will offer programs to commemorate 400 years of African American History.

All events offered by the National Parks of Boston for this commemoration are free and open to the public.

The Glorious Struggle for Liberty

Saturday, August 24 at 10:00am

This tour will explore Long Wharf’s history with a focus on the central role Boston Harbor played in both the slave trade and the Underground Railroad. Meet at the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park Welcome Center, 191 W. Atlantic Avenue, Boston. One hour guided tour.

If you are going there from Boston consider these travel options.

Getting there from Boston

Greyhound: 17 hours 1w, 2 changes, $150 min RT
Amtrak : 15 hours 1w straight thru, $119 down/$240 back
American Airlines: 5hrs, non-stop $370 min RT
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Aug 24th program notes

  • 11:30 am Drum call.
    Drummers, Parade of flags.
  • Africans, the African Americans, and African Dignitaries will join people to parade into the park with flags of their African nation or the one they feel connected to.
  • 12:00 pm – Libation, Chiefs of Cameroon.
  • 12:20 pm – National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement.
  • 12:50 pm – Welcome by Mayor Tuck and Project 1619 Representative. Introduction of dignitaries from America and Africa.
  • 1:30 pm  African Naming Ceremony
  • 1:45 pm KanKouran West African Dance group. 
  • 2:45 pm Procession to the fishing pier for flower petal throwing ceremony.
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Food and Refreshments
  • The Official Event web site has more detailed information

On Old Point Comfort’s boardwalk, a pole holds a sign that reads …

at Old Point Comfort
Hampton. VA

Boston to VA Bus Trip Notes

Around that time, Puritans were living in Holland and in process of acquiring the Mayflower ship for a voyage to northern Virginia. They never did make it there. Circumstances forced them to go further North. They ended up in in a territory now called Massachusetts state.

The state of Virginia nursed the slavery industry and bonded the Confederates of the South to fight for white supremacy.

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Things to do in Hampton

Hampton University Museum
Founded in 1868, this African American museum features fine arts & exhibits on University history.

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Buckroe Beach and Park
This recreational beach park offers kayak paddleboat rentals, a playground, stage pavilion & picnic sites and more.

CaseMate Museum of Fort Monroe
The Casemate Museum of Fort Monroe chronicles Fort Monroe’s colonial roots & its military role from the 19th century onward.

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