CHESTERTOWN — Sunday, Aug. 25 is the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in Hampton, Va., 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, a news release states.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross St. in Chestertown, will join other churches, organizations and individuals in this nationwide effort by tolling its bell for four minutes at 3 p.m. Sunday.
“All are welcome to join us in commemoration that will conclude with a brief prayer service in the church for racial reconciliation, healing and justice following the bell ringing,” a news release states.
The bells will ring 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, the release states.