By MARSHA DEAN PHELTS, Florida/Georgia Star
The Inaugural Memorial Ceremony in recognition of the more than 2 million blacks who died at sea after being sold into slavery headed for the Americas was held on the International Day of Remembrance, August 23, 2012 at the Fells Point Pier in Baltimore, Maryland.
Here ceremonies at dawn and dusk were held in remembrance of those who perished at sea over three and a half centuries from the 1500-1870 period. The realization for a Memorial Ceremony of our African ancestors was a driving force that compelled Ann L. Chinn more than half of her life. Through research Chinn followed the path of 86 named and documented slave ships that made countless crossings that trafficked blacks through what has infamously become known as the Middle Passage. Continue Reading