Did you know, research identifying all ports of entry for Africans during the 350 years of the transatlantic human trade* identifies the Port of Philadelphia on the Delaware River as one of more than 175 middle passage ports in 50 nations of North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe?
On June 2, each year, the Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony and Port Marker Project (Philly MPC) will honor our ancestors to commemorate the nearly 2 million Africans who perished in the Middle Passage. Our immediate goal is to gather support for the application and installation of a historical marker in their memory.
On May 21, 1796, Oney Judge escaped from the President’s Mansion in Philadelphia. While the household was preparing to retreat to Mount Vernon for the summer, Judge prepared her escape; she simply walked out of the house while the family was eating dinner.
Timbuktu, once the seat of the wealthy Mali Empire, is now impoverished and coping with a bitter civil war. Despite this, the utterly unique architecture remains and many of the citizens fiercely guard the cultural and intellectual remains of their once thriving city.
The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project | Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony June 2nd, 2014 5:30 – 7:30pm On the Pier behind Independence Seaport Museum Penn’s Landing 211 South Columbus Blvd & Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106