Commemorating 400 years of African American History and Culture: Healing Day National Bell Ringing

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopal churches to take part in a national action to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans who came to America in 1619 by tolling their bells for one minute Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. CST. “The National Park Service is commissioning, and asking, churches and people from around this country to commemorate and remember that landing and the bringing of those first enslaved Africans to this country by ringing bells. And if possible, by tolling the bells of churches,” said Curry. “I’m inviting us as The Episcopal Church to join in this commemoration as part of our continued work of racial healing and reconciliation. We can join together with people of other Christian faiths and people of all faiths to remember those who came as enslaved, who came to a country that one day would proclaim liberty. And so we remember them and pray for a new future for us all.”

Invitation to Commemorate 400th Anniversary of Arrival of First Enslaved Africans in the Americas | Episcopal Church