Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project

Ancestral Remembrance Day

Ancestral Remembrance Day

Ancestral Remembrance Day | The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony &Port Marker Project

The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project  is leading the movement to conduct an Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony at Penn’s Landing. Our purpose is to acknowledge Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River as a port of entry for Africans during the transatlantic human trade; to commemorate the nearly 2 million Africans who perished in the Middle Passage; and, to install a marker in their memory.  We celebrate the triumphant survival of the descendants of those Africans, and their contributions to this nation. Finally, we call for healing and hope for future generations.

The inaugural ceremony takes place June 2, 2013, beginning with a Blessing of the River at 10:00 AM, on the pier at the Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing.  Activities from dawn to dusk will include libations, community performances, art exhibition, a screening of the film Toussaint Louverture and reception.

The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony and Port Marker Project  is organized in support of a larger effort by Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, Inc. to sponsor remembrance ceremonies at each of more than 175 middle passage ports in 50 nations of North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Ports in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia are listed in “Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database,” Emory University, as places where Afrikans were disembarked and sold.

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Ancestral Remembrance Day Schedule:

Dawn 5:30 AM

Gather on the pier at Sunrise for Silent Observance
Or
5 minute Reflection from wherever you are.

  • 10:00 AM                      Drummers begin procession to the Seaport Museum’s dock
  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM          Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony and Blessing of the River
  • 12:00  Noon                     Benefactor’s Reception (*Ticketed event)
  • 2:00 – 5:00 PM             Screening the Philadelphia premiere of TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE (*Ticketed event)
  • 6:00 PM: Open Mic and Closing Ceremony

Community Performances and Art Exhibition throughout the day.

Activities will conclude at Dusk (7:30 pm)

TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE Screening

TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE starring Jimmy Jean-Louis!

Toussaint Louverture (ELOA PROD) premiers in Philadelphia, PA, June 2nd, 2PM!  @PhiladelphiaMPC. Brought to you by Harmony Image Productions and Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia.   | Click for Ticket information |

*Purchase a ticket for the film screening and receive a special discount for the Benefactors Reception preceding the film.

 

All events take place at Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing, 211 S. Columbus Blvd & Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, unless otherwise noted. Events on the pier are free and open to the public.

 

View the Trailer! 

 

Enjoy Community Performances & Artist Exhibition throughout the day!

Collage Artist, Theodore A. Harris

Theodore A. Harris will exhibit his work at participating museums for @PhiladelphiaMPC The artist in his studio.

Artists, Theodore A. Harris and Nancy-Ellen Churchville will exhibit their work at participating museums for @PhiladelphiaMPC .

The Art of Nancy-Ellen, Blackbird Series

Nancy-Ellen, will Exhibit her work at participating museums for @PhiladelphiaMPC

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Download: PhillyMPC Postcard Pdf

Ancestral Remembrance Day

***************Stay Tuned!*****************

Denise Valentine, Storyteller

Denise Valentine, Professional Storyteller, Teaching Artist, Public Speaker, Historical Performer, Consultant

Denise Valentine, Project Coordinator

The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony and Port Marker Project  

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/philadelphiampc/

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Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/489955994398620/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhiladelphiaMPC

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MPCPMP, Inc,

Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, Inc.

In Cooperation with:

Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, Inc.

A Non-Profit Tax Exempt Organization

Remembering Ancestors

Ann Chinn, Executive Director

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Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia  Generously donated its facilities as part of the programming for Tides of Freedom: African Presence of the Delaware River, curated by Tukufu Zuberi.

View a Photoshow of the Opening Ceremony on May 4th.

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I Am an African River ~ Amadou Kouyate

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