INTERNATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE TO BE OBSERVED AT THE KEY WEST AFRICAN CEMETERY

  • Key West African Cemetery near Higgs Beach Florida

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

March 20, 2015

Contact: Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, 305-904-7620

In what has become an annual Key West tradition, the International Day for the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (officially March 25) will be observed on Sunday afternoon, March 22, at 4:00 at the Key West African Cemetery on Atlantic Boulevard  near Higgs Beach, adjacent to the West Martello Tower brick fort.

295 Africans, mostly children and youth, who were among 1,432 captives rescued from three captured American slave ships brought into Key West in 1860, died from the sufferings they had endured during the ocean crossing and were buried in coffins at the site, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The Remembrance includes traditional prayers, a presentation on the Cemetery’s history and other Key West connections to the history of the Middle Passage (or Transatlantic “slave trade”), and Open Dialogue.

The occasion also observes the March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination, in commemoration of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa in which 69 peaceful demonstrators were killed by police bullets as they fled.

For further information, call 305-904-7620