Special Service

Remembering the 400th Commemoration of Slavery in America

Sunday, August 25, 2019 | 3:00pm

Washington National Cathedral will ring the Bourdon Bell, its largest funereal bell, for one minute as part of a national day of action to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in North America 400 years ago, in 1619. Episcopal churches and other houses of prayer around the country will ring their bells at the same time, and the Cathedral clergy will deliver remarks following the bell-tolling.

The bell-tolling is part of a national day of action, which was called for by Presiding Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry and Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia Bishop James B. Magness. In addition to the National Cathedral and other Episcopal churches around the county, the National Park Service – which operates Fort Monroe in Virginia, where the first slave ship came ashore in October 1619 – will also participate in the day of remembrance. Learn more here.

  • Dates Offered
    • August 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm