Friday, May 3, 2013

Middle Passage Project Lecture May 10

Middle Passage Project Executive Director to lecture May 10 
May 3, 2013


     The York County Historical Committee, in cooperation with the Yorktown Middle Passage Committee, is proud to present a lecture by Ms. Ann Chinn, Executive Director, Facilitator and Founder of Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP).   The presentation will be held in the Board Room of York Hall, 301 Main Street, Yorktown, on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 7 p.m. 
     The MPCPMP was established to honor the millions of Africans who perished in the transatlantic slave trade voyages.  The project plans to hold memorial ceremonies and place markers at 175 ports in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe to remember all those who perished during the ocean crossing.
     "What is unique about the project is that it demands from each of us the personal acknowledgement of losses and contributions within the struggle to survive enslavement," she says. "No matter whether our relationship to the horror was as the victim, as the perpetrator, or as indirect beneficiary, it is a shared arc of history that needs to be physically marked. This project reinforces, and in some cases reestablishes, our humanity as we begin to honor our dead in the Atlantic."
     The Middle Passage Project will be coming to Yorktown on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, and to Jamestown on Friday, August 23. 
     Between 1698 and 1771, over 31,000 Africans entered the York River District. Ceremonies will be held to honor the Africans who died in the Middle Passage and the enslaved survivors and their descendants who helped build this nation.
     Join us for this interesting and informative presentation, a prelude to the Yorktown and Jamestown events.  Ms. Chinn will also address the transformation of Africans that began to occur during the Middle Passage, before arriving in the Americas.  Ms. Chinn's work has included children and family advocacy with Washington, D.C. government and work as a retailer, textile artist, and organizer of a collective artists' market.  She has also written an extensive family history in collaboration with family members. 
     For more information about this lecture, call 898-0782.

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