Special Service

Service Marking the 400th Anniversary of Slavery in America

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 4:00pm

On Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4 p.m., the Cathedral will host a national service marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to British Americas.

In August 1619, a ship arrived in a Port Comfort, an English settlement in what is now Virginia, carrying some 20 people captured in present-day Angola. It is the first documented arrival of enslaved Africans in what would become the United States. The ship's arrival at Point Comfort landing place was just one of the great and bitter ironies of the disembarkation, which led to the establishment of the British trans-Atlantic slave trade, as well as slavery itself in the British colonies, and, subsequently, in the United States.

This service will feature prayer, music, and readings to mark this anniversary.

Service Leaflet

  • Admission
    • Free
  • Dates Offered
    • October 27, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm