Join The African Alliance of Rhode Island To Celebrate & Recognize the Oldest & Largest Existing African Burying Ground in America at the Common Burying Ground, Farewell Street, Newport, Rhode Island
Date: August 16, 2014
Time: 11am – 1pm
- 10:30AM – 11:00AM
o Gather at Liberty Park (Corner of Thames & Farewell Streets) *
o Welcome by African Alliance Rhode Island President, Julius Kolawole
o Introduction of African Arrivals to Early Newport and Recounting of “Negro Election Day” Ceremony of 1756 at the site by Keith Stokes.
o African Drummer will lead walk to Common Burying Ground Cemetery (Farewell Street) The walk will reenact the funeral march of 18th century African community of Newport
o Welcome to Newport by Honorable Mayor Henry F. Winthrop.
o Introduction to “God’s Little Acre,” oldest & largest enslaved and free African burying ground in America (c.1705) Keith Stokes
o Grio Presentation performed by Shina Omoduni **
o Libation Ceremony performed by Chief Nana Ofori Anor ***
o Closing Remarks by Julius Kolawole, African Alliance of RI
o Guided Cemetery Tours by Theresa Stokes
o Walk with drummer back to Liberty Park
o Open Conversations
o Event Ends
* A bus will be available at the Newport Gateway Center, 1 America’s Cup Blvd. to transport to event locations.
* A Grio is a West African historian, storyteller, and poet who is a repository of oral and ancestral tradition.
** The Libation ceremony is a ritual of heritage, a drink offering to honor and please the Creator, the lesser divinities, sacred ancestors, humans present and not present, as well as the environment.
For more info, call AARI‘s office 401-331-5535
Simon Goudiaby /AARI (401) 226-4608