Hough Event Marks 400th Anniversary of Africans Arriving in America

Sat 8/17 @ noon

Everyone is invited to come out and join the Cleveland Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists as we observe the 400th Anniversary of Africans arriving in America.

It was in mid-August of 1619 that a ship flying the flag of Spain made port in Camp Comfort, Virginia, and the 20 Africans that were on the ship were traded for supplies in Jamestown. So our ancestors go back 400 years in America, much longer than the ancestors of those calling for black people to be “sent back.” Indeed, we were here before virtually anyone but Native Americans.

Out of respect for the occasion, on August 17, starting at noon, we will be gathering at Channel 19 reporter Harry Boomer’s beautiful two-acre Garden Park, located at 6630 Quimby Avenue, to observe the anniversary. Bring something for the potluck if you like and feel free to wear the traditional dress of our ancestors as some of us will.

I will be providing fine wines from our nearby vineyard and winery.

Again, everyone is welcome, you don’t have to be of African descent to come out and join us for this special occasion and observation. You can meet some new people and make some new friends as we make a statement against the creeping fascism that’s growing in our beloved country.

Hope to see you there. Call 216.469.0124 for more information.

[Written by Mansfield Frazier]

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