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September 28, 2019
10:00 AM
Harbor Park
Harbor Drive
Middletown, CT 06457
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Middletown Middle Passage Ceremony and Port Marker Project

Saturday, September 28, 2019

It has been 400 years since the first kidnapped Africans were enslaved in English-claimed America. Captured and chained blacks were shipped across the Atlantic Ocean (the Middle Passage) to be sold into slavery. UNESCO has designated Middletown as a Site of Memory because, in the 1700s, two such slave vessels sailed into Middletown's riverfront with their abducted human cargo. The ceremony will remember and honor these and other enslaved Africans who contributed to the building of this community. Featuring African Drumming and Libation Ceremony, Native American and youth elements, and the unveiling of the Middle Passage commemorative plaque.