The National Park Service is commissioning, and asking, churches and people from around the country to commemorate and honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619 by ringing bells.
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry said, "We can join together with people of other Christian faiths and people of all faiths to remember those who came as enslaved, who came to a country that one day would proclaim liberty. And so we remember them and pray for a new future for us all."
The Cathedral of the Incarnation will ring its historic bells in response to this call. The tower bells originally were cast for the 1876 U.S. Centennial in Philadelphia and brought here by train.