Ancestral Remembrance Day - August 5, 2016



Port of Philadelphia 1761 - Courtesy ISM










2016 Event

 

Ancestral Remembrance Day Philly

August 5th, 2016

Dawn to Dusk

Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony

& Port Markers Project (PhillyMPC)

 

Each year, PhillyMPC honors African ancestors who perished in the Middle Passage by observing Ancestral Remembrance Day (Formerly June 2, now August 5th) on Penn’s Landing.

We are planning observance activities from Dawn to Dusk, including:

 

* Silent Observance at Sunrise (6:03 AM EST) (from wherever you are)

 

* Unveiling of new Historical Marker "The Pennsylvania Slave Trade" (1:00 PM Organized by Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection)

 

* Blessing of the River and Celebration (6:00 PM to Sundown) Penn's Landing at Walnut

 



The Pennsylvania Slave Trade PHMC

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission approved a new Historical Marker for “The Pennsylvania Slave Trade.” The marker was unveiled on Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, August 5th, 2016. Charles Blockson, Curator Emeritus of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, submitted the nomination including letters of support from the local community.




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The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project (PhillyMPC) (established in 2013, by Denise Valentine), has worked to gather support for the nomination and to raise funds for the installation of the historic marker commemorating the lives of African ancestors who perished during the Middle Passage.

Charles Blockson, Curator Emeritus of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, submitted the nomination for the Middle Passage marker to PHMC. His application included letters of support from the local community.

In March 2016, The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission approved a new historical marker "The Pennsylvania Slave Trade." The marker will be unveiled on Penn's Landing, August 5th. To coincide with the marker unveiling, PhillyMPC has changed the date for Ancestral Remembrance Day to August 5, 2016

For more about the unveiling, contact the Blockson Archives: 215-204-6632.

For more information or to volunteer on the Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Markers Project, contact Denise Valentine. 267-225-2541.



Blessing of the River, Penn's Landing

Happy Dancing Feather, Iya Marilyn Kai Jewett, Mama Nzinga, Rhone Fraser, Belinda Banks as began the
Blessing of the River for Ancestral Remembrance Day Philly 2016, August 5th @ Penn's Landing 
(Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project)
 


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"Penn's Landing: Arrival Point of First Africans, Philadelphia" is among the 23 new state historical markers recently approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Charles Blockson, Curator Emeritus of Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, submitted the nomination including letters of support from members of the community. 


The date of the unveiling of the new historical marker is August 5, 2016. Therefore, in solidarity, we have changed the June 2nd date for Ancestral Remembrance Day to August 5th. Thank you for your contributions and your support. Contact the Blockson Archives for more information about the installation. We will do our best to keep you informed.  







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Announcements


  • Did You Know Penn`s Landing on the Delaware River was one of 175 ports of entry for Africans during the transatlantic human trade? 

    Research identifying all ports of entry for Africans during the 350 years of the transatlantic human trade* identifies the Port of Philadelphia on the Delaware River as one of more than 175 middle passage ports in 50 nations of North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe.

    Each year, the Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project (PhillyMPC) will honor our ancestors and commemorate the nearly 2 million Africans who perished in the Middle Passage. Our primary goal is to gather support for the  installation of a historical marker in their memory.



    Visit our RESOURCES page to view research data and images.


     To make a financial contribution toward the marker application and installation. Click the PayPal button !


    Please check back often for updates.
  • Silent Observance at Sunrise (6:03 AM EST) Ancestral Remembrance Day Ancestral Remembrance Day ~ August 5, 2016Join PhillyMPC in observing 5 minutes of Silent Reflection at Sunrise (6:03 AM EST) from wherever you are in the world, to commemorate ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2016, 1:29 AM by Denise Valentine
  • Penn's Landing: Arrival Point of First Africans, Philadelphia approved for Historical Marker Penn's Landing: Arrival Point of First Africans, Philadelphia approved for a State Historical MarkerThe Pennsylvania Slave Trade    The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project is happy to ...
    Posted May 13, 2016, 4:34 AM by Denise Valentine
  • Ceremony Marks Ancestral Remembrance Day     The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony  & Port Marker Project   Ancestral Remembrance Day Philly 2015 Middle Passage Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony June 2nd, 2015 5:30 – 7:00pm On the Pier behind ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2015, 10:44 AM by Denise Valentine
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Past Events


2015 Ancestral Day


Ancestral Remembrance Day 2015


People of all faiths, come to the river on June 2, 2015. Bring your prayers, bring your drums, bring your bells, bring flowers or candles, bring your voices, your stories and most important, bring your spirit to honor our ancestors and uplift our youth. Our gathering on Penn's Landing will began at 5: 30 on the pier behind Independence Seaport Museum. Columbus Blvd. and Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA.





 










2014

Ancestral Remembrance Day - June 2nd

Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony 2014

Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony

June 2nd, 2014

5:30 – 7:30pm


On the Pier behind

Independence Seaport Museum


Penn’s Landing 

211 South Columbus Blvd 

& Walnut St., 

Philadelphia, PA 19106. 






Libations for Ancestral Remembrance Day June 2, 2014, Blessing of the River will be led by Iya Marilyn Kai Jewett, Oni Sango, ordained priest in the Yoruba/Ifa tradition of West Africa.

In 2014, we ask the community to bring your drums, bring your bells, bring flowers or candles, bring your voices, and most important, bring your spirit to honor our ancestors and uplift our youth. 

Our procession will begin at 5:30 PM on the pier behind the museum.

Independence Seaport Museum 

211 S. Columbus Blvd. & Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106










PAST EVENTS

2013


Ancestral Remembrance Day Schedule (2013)


Dawn 5:30 AM

Gather on the pier at Sunrise for Silent Observance
Or
5 minute Reflection from wherever you are.

§  10:00 AM                      Drummers begin procession to the Seaport Museum’s dock

§  10:30 – 11:30 AM          Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony and Blessing of the River

§  12:00  Noon                     Benefactor’s Reception (*Ticketed event)

§  2:00 – 5:30 PM             Screening the Philadelphia premiere of TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE (*Ticketed event)

§  6:00 PM: Open Mic and Closing Ceremony

Community Performances and Art Exhibition throughout the day.

Activities will conclude at Dusk (7:30 pm)


*Purchase a ticket for the film screening and receive a special discount for the Benefactors Reception preceding the film.


Toussaint Louverture (ELOA PROD) premiers in Philadelphia, PA, June 2nd, 2013, 2PM!  @PhiladelphiaMPC. Brought to you by Harmony Image Productions and Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia. 


All events inside the Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing, 211 South Columbus Blvd & Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, require admission, unless otherwise noted. Events on the pier are free and open to the public.






Benefactor's Reception Honoring Our Elders

Benefactor's Reception 

Honoring Our Elders

June 2, 2013, 12 Noon to 2:00 PM
Independence Seaport Museum
Penn's Landing, Philadelphia PA

 

Contributions to The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project are exclusively for application and installation of a historical marker acknowledging the enslaved Africans who disembarked in Philadelphia during the Transatlantic Human Trade.



Thank you so much for your support. Can't make our event? You can still make a donation of any amount to the Philadelphia Middle Passage Port Marker Project. 


















Toussaint Louverture Screening - June 2, 2PM

Toussaint Louverture


Toussaint Louverture (ELOA PROD) premiers in Philadelphia, June 2nd, 2013 2PM!  @PhiladelphiaMPC

Brought to you by Harmony Image Productions and Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia.   | 

Click for Ticket information |

All events inside the Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing, 211 South Columbus Blvd & Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, require admission, unless otherwise noted. 

Events on the pier are free and open to the public.







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