1526 to 2021 = 495 years

Much attention has been given to the 1619 arrival of captive Africans to the English colony of Virginia, and rightfully so. However, that does not represent the full story of the North American continent’s Middle Passage history. During September 2021, the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) will promote and mark 495 years of the mainland’s transatlantic human trade that began in 1526 near Sapelo Sound, Georgia. Professor Read More

August 21st: A Pledge of Remembrance

I pledge to remember and honor those who came before me.  I will cherish their lives, their sacrifices, and the lessons I have learned. I will practice the values transmitted to me from my ancestors and my community to the best of my ability in order to sustain our humanity today and create a better world for future generations. People have traditionally honored ancestors.  Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Read More

June 2021 Newsletter

On the international level, the United Nations issued a report on reparations. We are doing our part by memorializing Middle Passage African ancestors at the 52 documented U.S. arrival locations for the purpose of promoting truth-telling, justice, and healing.  In June, we added to that number the three U.S. territories with Middle Passage history – San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Croix and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands – raising the number Read More

Inclusion: From Many, One

Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project promotes the inclusion of a portion of this nation’s history – the Middle Passage – that has been omitted from the narrative. We will not engage in any effort that enables or encourages the exclusion of any people who share this history of place, no matter their ethnicity or heritage. It will take radical imagination, rethinking, and work to evolve into an anti-racist America. MPCPMP is one step in the process of reconciling, healing, and redefining the history of place and the people who build community.

MPCPMP 2020 End-of-Year Fundraiser

For this year’s November-December fundraising period, MPCPMP has set a goal of $5000. In spite of the COVID pandemic, the economy, demonstrations, and all the activity surrounding elections, three documented arrival locations have installed historic Middle Passage markers in 2020: Amelia Island, FL (March); Camden, NJ (June); Boston, MA (October). A fourth marker for Pensacola, FL, has been fabricated, with an installation date to be determined. There are now 21 Read More

MPCPMP Newsletter, October 2020

In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic and elections affecting all of us, the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP)has accomplished a great deal in the last quarter. I. Four markers were successfully installed/fabricated; • Fernandina/Amelia Island, FL, in March• Camden, NJ, in September (the last of the city’s three)• Boston, MA, at Long Wharf in October• Pensacola, FL, installation to be determined after hurricane clean up II. There Read More

African Presence in Alabama

Every Wednesday, MPCPMP will highlight in alphabetical order the states where historic Middle Passage/UNESCO Site of Memory markers have been installed since we incorporated 9 years ago. MPCMP is/was involved in the planning for the installation of most of these markers (indicated by an * next to the state name), and other organizations are/were responsible for some. Alabama* This colony/state, originally claimed by the Spanish and French, was part of Read More

African Presence in Connecticut

This is the 2nd of our Wednesday series that highlights historic Middle Passage/UNESCO Site of Memory markers that have been installed since MPCPMP incorporated 9 years ago. MPCMP is/was involved in the planning for the installation of most of these markers (indicated by an * next to the state name), and other organizations are/were responsible for some. Connecticut* While exact dates are unknown, the first Africans came to Connecticut soon Read More

African Presence in Washington, D.C.

This is the 3rd of our Wednesday series that highlights historic Middle Passage/UNESCO Site of Memory markers that have been installed and those locations where a remembrance ceremony was held since MPCPMP incorporated 9 years ago. MPCPMP is/was involved in the planning for the ceremony and/or installation of most of these markers (indicated by an * next to the state name), and other organizations are/were responsible for some. District of Read More

African Presence in Florida

This is the 4th of our Wednesday series that highlights historic Middle Passage and/or UNESCO Site of Memory markers that have been installed and those locations where a remembrance ceremony was held since MPCPMP incorporated 9 years ago. MPCMP is/was involved in the planning for the installation of most of these markers (indicated by an * next to the state name), and other organizations are/were responsible for some. Florida* Florida Read More