Ancestral Remembrance Day – June 2 – Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project  

Recorded Ships Postcard Front

Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony

June 2nd, 2014

5:30 – 7;30 PM

On the Pier behind

Independence Seaport Museum

Penn’s Landing

211 South Columbus Blvd & Walnut Street 

Philadelphia, PA 19106

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​Research identifying all ports of entry for Africans during the 350 years of the transatlantic human trade* identifies the Port of Philadelphia on the Delaware River as one of more than 175 middle passage ports in 50 nations of North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015, the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) plans to conduct ancestral remembrance ceremonies by geographic regions in all U.S. cities that were middle passage ports.

In support of MPCPMP’s mission, on June 2, each year, the Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project (PhillyMPC) will honor our ancestors and commemorate the nearly 2 million Africans who perished in the Middle Passage.

PhillyMPC’s mission is to gather support for the application and installation of a historical 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.

This process includes compiling and disseminating research on the transatlantic slave trade, as it relates to Philadelphia. We will hold healing and remembrance ceremonies, and other events to encourage discussion, reflection and community initiatives toward reconciliation and repair.

 

Philly Middle Passage Project

Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony
June 2nd, 2014

 

This year, 2014, Libations and a Blessing of the River will be led by Iya Marilyn Kai Jewett, Oni Sango, ordained priest in the Yoruba/Ifa tradition of West Africa.

 

The Delaware River in Philadelphia flows through the American American past and present. It represents the pain of the Great MAAFA; our connection to Ancestral homelands; the triumphant survival of the descendants of those Africans, and our call for healing and hope for future generations.

~Denise Valentine

 

Join us as we Honor Our Ancestors, on June 2, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 PM with a Remembrance Ceremony including a Blessing of the River, Community performances and expressions.​

 

On the Pier

On the Pier behind Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia PA

 

 

Bring your drum, bring your bells, bring flowers or candles, bring your voice, or just bring your spirit to Honor Our Ancestors and Uplift Our Youth.

 

 

 

 

Tides of Freedom

Tides of Freedom – African Presence on the Delaware River, Independence Seaport Museum

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If you haven’t yet seen Tukufu Zuberi’s groundbreaking exhibit Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River  at Independence Seaport Museum, arrive early for admission (fee required) to the museum.

 

 

Please visit PhillyMPC’s website for more information and to make a contribution toward the marker application.

 Sincerely,

 

 

Denise Valentine

Project Coordinator:

The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project  

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

PhillyMPC Poster 2014

​Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhillyMiddlePassage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhiladelphiaMPC

 

 Ashe! Ashe!

See also:

Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project 

Independence Seaport Museum uncovers treasures of “African Presence on the Delaware River”

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