The North End’s Old North Church will take part in a nationwide bell ringing to remember and honor those Africans brought to this country as enslaved people 400 years ago on Sunday, August 25 at 3 p.m.

The bell-ringing is part of a Healing Day at Fort Monroe National Monument in Virginia, commemorating the landing of the first slave ship at that site in August 1619. Stolen by English privateers from a Spanish slave ship and brought to Point Comfort on the White Lion, these natives of west central Africa are believed to have been traded for food and supplies. They were the first Africans brought to English North America.

Old North’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said that Old North “will join in this commemoration as part of our continued work of racial healing and reconciliation.”

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