Bell Ringing at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

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Sunday August 25, 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America. Due to our significance as the birthplace of the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park will be participating in a nationwide bell ringing ceremony to honor those enslaved Africans brought here in 1619. Starting at 3 p.m. EDT, park staff will be ringing bells in the park for four minutes, one minute for each century of African American history and culture.

Bells are rung for joy, sorrow, alarm, and celebrations. They are also symbols of freedom. 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 four centuries of African American history.

We are inviting the community to celebrate this event by joining in the bell ringing ceremony. If you are interested, ring your building’s bells for four continuous minutes, starting at 3 PM EDT on Sunday August 25. We also invite the public to join us for the event at the park in front of the memorial building at 2:50 PM EDT. You may bring your own bell and a few bells will be made available for the event at the park.

If you would like more information, feel free to call 270-358-3137 and ask for Laura Bruce. There is also more information on the ceremony and history at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/partnerships/bell-ringing-for-400th.htm.