Nearly 400 years ago, English colonists initiated their practice of slavery in North America. This August, the National Park Service is honoring significance of 400 years of African American history and culture.
A special ceremony on Sunday, August 25—the 400th anniversary—will capture a spirit of remembrance, healing, reconciliation, and uplift.
The Healing Day Ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET with the ceremonial ringing of bells for four minutes, one for each century at:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
1411 W St SE, Washington, DC 20020
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
1318 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Carter G. Woodson National Historic Site
1538 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019
13551 Fort Washington Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744
Oxon Hill Farm
6411 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
We encourage our friends to host a simultaneous bell ringing of their own to extend nationwide the healing concept of the Fort Monroe ceremony.