Ancestral Remembrance Day Philly
August 5th, 2016
Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony
& Port Markers Project (PhillyMPC)
June 2nd is now August 5th!
To coincide with the unveiling of the new historical marker, PhillyMPC has changed the date for Ancestral Remembrance Day Philly to August 5, 2016.
Research identifying 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.
Each year, The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project (PhillyMPC) honors African ancestors who perished in the Middle Passage by observing Ancestral Remembrance Day (formerly June 2, now August 5th**) on Penn’s Landing. Our primary goal was to gather public support for the installation of a historical marker acknowledging Philadelphia’s a role in the slave trade, and specifically, Penn’s Landing and other points on the Delaware River as “Middle Passage”* port.
Well Philadelphia, we did it!
In March 2016, The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission approved a new historical marker “The Pennsylvania Slave Trade.” The marker is expected to be unveiled on Penn’s Landing, August 5th. Charles Blockson, Curator Emeritus of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, submitted the nomination for the Middle Passage marker to PHMC. His application included letters of support from the local community. In solidarity, PhillyMPC has changed the date for Ancestral Remembrance Day Philly to August 5th.
We are planning observance activities from Dawn to Dusk, including:
* Silent Observance at Sunrise (6:03 AM EST) (from wherever you are)
* Unveiling of new Historical Marker “The Pennsylvania Slave Trade” (organized by Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection)
* Blessing of the River and Celebration (6:00 PM to Sundown)
*Recorded Ships Importing Africans into Pennsylvania and NJ (1760 – 1800) * Data obtained from Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, Emory University (www.slavevoyages.org)
**The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project (PhillyMPC) (established in 2013, by Denise Valentine), has worked to gather support for the nomination and to raise funds for the installation of the historic marker commemorating the lives of African ancestors who perished during the Middle Passage. All funds donated to PhilyMPC have been delivered to the Historical and Museum Commission toward the installation of the marker.
For more information about the unveiling, contact the Blockson Archives: 215-204-6632.
For more information or to volunteer on the Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Markers Project, contact Denise Valentine. 267-225-2541 of visit : https://sites.google.com/site/philadelphiampc/.