The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) is a non-profit tax-exempt organization established in 2011 to honor the two million captive Africans who perished during the transatlantic crossing known as the Middle Passage and the ten million who survived to build the Americas. This initiative involves:
- Commemorating the nearly 12 million Africans involved in the Middle Passage of the transatlantic human trade.
- Researching and identifying all ports of entry for Africans during the 350 years of the transatlantic human trade
- Encouraging local communities to hold remembrance ceremonies at each of the 48 documented Middle Passage port sites in the United States of America
- Supporting the installation, with the permission of the descendant community, of historic markers to establish a permanent record honoring those who died and those who survived the Middle Passage
- Educating the community about the vital role that Africans and their descendants played in the development of both local areas and the nation
- Partnering with historical and cultural societies, academic institutions, churches, visitor and tourist bureaus, and community organizations to promote African Diaspora history and culture, especially related to the Middle Passage
The video below shows highlights from the August 23, 2015, Boston Middle Passage Remembrance Ceremony:
For more on the 2015 Boston Ceremony, see the location profile on this site.