Remembering Africans Who Shaped America

By Newport This Week Staff, August 22, 2019

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Originally published in Newport This Week

Bells will ring across the United States on Aug. 25 to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival in Virginia of captive Africans who through their forced labor helped establish the first permanent English colony in North America.

To commemorate African ancestors and their descendants who have had a large share in building what became the United States, bells will ring on Aquidneck Island at noon at Channing, Emmanuel, St. John the Evangelist, St. Joseph’s, St. Paul’s United Methodist and Trinity churches in Newport, and at St. Columba’s Chapel in Middletown. The chimes will last four minutes, representing one minute for each 100 years.

The national bell ringing celebrates the value, persistence, strength and courage of these ancestors.

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