DMV Parks Acknowledge 400 Years Of African American History With ‘Healing Day’

August 23, 2019
National parks across the country will ring bells to remember the 400 year enslavement of Africans in America.

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Parks and historic landmarks across the DMV will take part in a national effort to give reverence to the 400 years that have passed since the first slave ship docked in Hampton, Virginia.

On Sunday August 25, 'A Day Of Healing' will be honored with a bell ringing ceremony in which bells will ring for four minutes straight -- each minute will symbolize a century.

The ringing will be to symbolize freedom, according to the National Park Service.

"This symbolic gesture will enable Americans from all walks of life to participate in this historic moment from wherever they are—to capture the spirit of healing and reconciliation while honoring the significance of 400 years of African American history and culture," the National Park System wrote in a release.

Here are some participating locations in the DMV:

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site 

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Lincoln Park

Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center

Prince William Forest Park

The George Washington Memorial Parkway 

Prince William Forest Park

Wisconsin Avenue & Water Street NW

Visti the National Park Service website for a full schedule of events.

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