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    Tuesday, August 09, 2022

    Middle Passage Ceremony in New London

    Pre Boyd holds family friend Ny’shae Hyslop, 4, as they throw roses into the Thames River in honor of African slaves on the Speedwell during a Middle Passage Ceremony at Amistad Pier in New London Sunday, July 17, 2022. The site was dedicated as a UNESCO Slave Route Project Site of Memory in light of documentation which reveals the arrival of the slave ship Speedwell in New London on July 17, 1761. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    New London honored enslaved Africans who traveled on schooner Speedwell in 1761 with UNESCO Slave Route Project Site of Memory
    Adwoa Bandele-Asante, with P.E.A.C.E. Works Group LLC, says a prayer as she preforms the libation ceremony during a Middle Passage Ceremony at Amistad Pier in New London Sunday, July 17, 2022. The site was dedicated as a UNESCO Slave Route Project Site of Memory in light of documentation which reveals the arrival of the slave ship Speedwell in New London on July 17, 1761. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    Members of NIA Arts bow their heads in prayer before preforming during a Middle Passage Ceremony at Amistad Pier in New London Sunday, July 17, 2022. The site was dedicated as a UNESCO Slave Route Project Site of Memory in light of documentation which reveals the arrival of the slave ship Speedwell in New London on July 17, 1761. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    Preonna Boyd-Cannon, Miss Mashantucket, preforms a blessing of the landsduring a Middle Passage Ceremony at Amistad Pier in New London Sunday, July 17, 2022. The site was dedicated as a UNESCO Slave Route Project Site of Memory in light of documentation which reveals the arrival of the slave ship Speedwell in New London on July 17, 1761. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    Attendees take photos of plaques, one for the Amistad and a new one for the Speedwell, following a Middle Passage Ceremony at Amistad Pier in New London Sunday, July 17, 2022. The site was dedicated as a UNESCO Slave Route Project Site of Memory in light of documentation which reveals the arrival of the slave ship Speedwell in New London on July 17, 1761. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    EvaE Peart, with NIA Arts, smiles with preforming a traditional African dance during a Middle Passage Ceremony at Amistad Pier in New London Sunday, July 17, 2022. The site was dedicated as a UNESCO Slave Route Project Site of Memory in light of documentation which reveals the arrival of the slave ship Speedwell in New London on July 17, 1761. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    Members of NIA Arts preform a traditional African drum piece during a Middle Passage Ceremony at Amistad Pier in New London Sunday, July 17, 2022. The site was dedicated as a UNESCO Slave Route Project Site of Memory in light of documentation which reveals the arrival of the slave ship Speedwell in New London on July 17, 1761. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    H.P. Khader, with the Islamic Center of New London, throws a rose into the river in honor of a enslaved African on the Spedwell during a Middle Passage Ceremony at Amistad Pier in New London Sunday, July 17, 2022. The site was dedicated as a UNESCO Slave Route Project Site of Memory in light of documentation which reveals the arrival of the slave ship Speedwell in New London on July 17, 1761. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    William Hamilton, with Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, speaks during a ceremony at Amistad Pier in New London Sunday, July 17, 2022. The site was dedicated as a UNESCO Slave Route Project Site of Memory in light of documentation which reveals the arrival of the slave ship Speedwell in New London on July 17, 1761. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    Dancers with NIA Arts, from left, EvaE Peart, Shayla Caldwell and Nik Hartfield preform a traditional African dance during a Middle Passage Ceremony at Amistad Pier in New London Sunday, July 17, 2022. The site was dedicated as a UNESCO Slave Route Project Site of Memory in light of documentation which reveals the arrival of the slave ship Speedwell in New London on July 17, 1761. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

    The city of New London honored enslaved Africans who traveled on schooner Speedwell in 1761 with UNESCO Slave Route Project Site of Memory as part of it’s Slave Route Project Sunday, July 17, 2022. The event featured a Blessing of the Lands, African Drumming and Dancing, a Libation ceremony as well as remarks.