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7th annual Day of Remembrance will shed light on slavery

The Sankofa Project will host its 7th annual Day of Remembrance. (HNNDaily Staff photo/ courtesy of the Sankofa Projects).
The Sankofa Project will host its 7th annual Day of Remembrance. (HNNDaily photo/ courtesy of the Sankofa Projects).

HAMPTON — The Sankofa Projects will explore the injustice of the Middle Passage during its seventh annual day of remembrance.

The International Day of Remembrance ceremony will be at 11 a.m. on June 9 at Buckroe Beach. 

The event is free for Hampton History Museum members, $5 for non members.

The Middle Passage is the untold and neglected chapter in the annals of slavery,” said Chadra Pittman Walke, founder and executive director of The Sankofa Project, in a news release. “Remembrance is a spiritual ceremony and a communal gathering which honors the millions of African men, women and children who perished during the ‘Middle Passage’ and throughout the Transatlantic Enslavement Trade.  Millions of Africans lost their lives and they were never given a proper burial.  Remembrance is a celebration of their lives and is the funeral these Africans never received and ensures that this untold tragedy and the millions who perished will not be forgotten.”

The event will include a ceremonial walk around the Tree of Remembrance, educational presentations, traditional African dancing and drumming and traditional African and African-American spirituals, according to the news release.

For information on the Sankofa Projects and the Day of Remembrance, visit here.

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