Friday, May 24, 2019

UNESCO International Day

UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance
of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
August 23rd | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

As a UNESCO Slave Route Site of Remembrance, Historic Sotterley invites the public to this important day by honoring the memories of those that perished and survived the trans-Atlantic slave trade. We remember the abolition of the trade and celebrate the contributions of survivors whose strength built nations. 2019 also commemorates 400 years since the arrival of captured Africans to Jamestown, VA. This program is made possible in part by a generous grant from Maryland Humanities.

Nancy Easterling
Executive Director, Historic Sotterley

Rev. Roderick W. McClanahan
First Missionary Baptist Church
Lexington Park, MD

 Purpose of the Day and Testimony
Sandra Coles-Belle,
Sotterley descendant and Program Director, Cultural Diversity
and Outreach for the Archdiocese of Washington

Sotterley’s Bell  Rings 
29 times to remember persons who perished
on the middle passage to Sotterley in 1720

Music  Selection
First Missionary Baptist, Voices of Praise

Sotterley’s Story
Gwen Bankins, Historic Sotterley Trustee
and Sotterley descendant

Historic Sotterley’s Partner Organizations:

Marilyn Hatza, Grants and Strategic Partnerships,
Maryland Humanities

Michael Brown, President,
Unified Committee for Afro American Contributions

William Hall, President,
NAACP St. Mary’s County

Rev. Dr. Tamara England Wilson, Chair
Maryland Commission for African American History and Culture

Ann Cobb, Executive Board Member,
Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project

Music Selection
First Missionary Baptist, Voices of Praise

Descendants’  Project, Honoring Ancestors
Jeanne Pirtle
Director of Educational Programming and Partnerships,
Historic Sotterley

Giving Voice
Participants Name Their Ancestor

Statement from Historic Sotterley
Bert Johnston, President, Historic Sotterley Board of Trustees

Reading of Proclamations and Conclusion
Nancy Easterling

Charlie Wharton, Minister
St. Mary’s County Church of Christ

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