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Ringing marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the Americas

by Rosalie Crouch

At the request of Bishop Curry, there was half-muffled ringing on all 10 bells at Grace Church Cathedral to commemorate the 400thanniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in the Americas and to remember our commitment to racial reconciliation. Hopefully this ringing also took place at other Espiscopal towers. As Charleston was a center of the slave trade, it is particularly fitting that Grace Cathedral highlighted this to the congregation as a special event and invited all to come to the listen to the ringing.

Posted Aug 27, 2019


Laura DickersonAug 27 2019, 1:34 pm

Firing four times at the Church of the Advent Boston, with a band made of locals and AGM visitors.

Four minutes of tolling the tenor at Old North. I did have someone who came to listen at Old North. The commemoration was mentioned by an educator at the Faneuil Hall historic site. One of the people there walked over to Old North, told the person at the door that he was there for the bellringing ceremony, and she let him up to the ringing room. I was startled, but let him stay, and he sat quietly while I tolled.

Not just Episcopal towers in Boston - there was ringing of the bell at the Old South Meeting house and the chime at Arlington Street Church UU, and possibly others.

Laura Dickerson

Allen NunleyAug 27 2019, 4:55 pm

At Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, on the Sunday (8/25), we rang rounds for the four minutes (at or about 2 pm cdt). Note, for all who rang for this event, please consider reporting this event on Bellboard and link it to the diary entry for the anniversary of this historical event. If you have any questions, let me know.

Allen Nunley

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