On August 25, 1619, the first enslaved Africans arrived into what was then the colony of Virginia and onto the shores of English-occupied North America. This Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 3:00 PM, scores of congregants in churches across the United States will participate in the Healing Day National Bell Ringing observance during which they will ring their church bells for four minutes and solemnly mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans onto North American shores. Through ringing tower bells or hand bells, congregants will honor the first enslaved Africans in North America; celebrate 400 years of African American history, culture, innovation, and contributing influence in North America; and recommit themselves to racial healing and reconciliation through intentionally discovering, disrupting, and dismantling racism in all of its forms and in all of our institutions.
The Ohio Council of Churches, under the leadership of The Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr., has named Anti-Racism as one of its mission priorities. For more information about the Ohio Council of Churches, visit: https://www.ohcouncilchs.org/
In August 1619, about 50 people from Angola arrived in Jamestown, Virginia — the first African slaves in what is now the U.S. Four hundred years later, African Americans still struggle with the onerous remains of that legacy. https://www.umnews.org/en/news/slavery-anniversary-leads-to-new-discussions