The bells at the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton in West Newton and Grace Church in Newton Corner will ring for four minutes at 3PM on Sunday, August 25, to mark the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia. That place is now part of the the National Park System’s Fort Monroe National Monument, which will commemorate the anniversary with a day of healing and reconciliation. FUUSN’s participation is part of a simultaneous pealing of bells across the nation to honor the first Africans landed in 1619 and the subsequent 400 years of African American history and culture. As the NPS site notes, “Bells are symbols of freedom… rung for joy, sorrow, alarm, and celebration…universal concepts in each of our lives.” #RingToRemember #400Years







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