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Day of Healing, Nationwide Bell Ringing Ceremony, at Bethel’s St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Aug. 25th

Report by Paula Antolini, August 19, 2019, 11:21PM EDT

On August 25, bells — symbols of freedom –will be rung “to capture the spirit of healing and reconciliation while honoring the significance of 400 years of African American history and culture”

Bethel’s St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church located at 95 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT, will be holding a ceremony on Sunday, August 25, 2019, 3PM-3:10PM. BYOB (Bring your own bells) – help ring St. Thomas’ bell to commemorate the National Day of healing for the 400th Anniversary fo the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America.

WHAT: National Day of healing for the 400th Anniversary fo the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America.
WHEN: Sunday, August 25, 2019, 3PM-3:10PM, BYOB (Bring your own bells) – help ring St. Thomas’ bell.
WHERE: St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 95 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT

More info:

August 25, 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, now part of Fort Monroe National Monument, a unit of the National Park System. 

The anniversary will be commemorated at Fort Monroe as a day of healing and reconciliation. The park and its partners are inviting all 419 national parks, NPS programs, community partners, and the public to come together in solidarity to ring bells simultaneously across the nation for four minutes–one for each century–to honor the first Africans who landed in 1619 at Point Comfort and 400 years of African American history.

Bells are symbols of freedom.

They are rung for joy, sorrow, alarm, and celebration…universal concepts in each of our lives. This symbolic gesture will enable Americans from all walks of life to participate in this historic moment from wherever they are–to capture the spirit of healing and reconciliation while honoring the significance of 400 years of African American history and culture.

Since its establishment on August 25, 1916, the National Park Service has cared for extraordinary historic and cultural sites that are pivotal parts of the American narrative. Parks and our programs can be places of healing and reconciliation. As we gather at parks on this day across the country to commemorate the landing of enslaved Africans 400 years ago, we honor this powerful moment in American history and the significance of four centuries of African American history and culture.

Read more here.

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