Special Event

Commemorating 400 Years of African American History

Fee: Free.

Location: LAT/LONG: 42.520640, -70.886180

Meet on FRIENDSHIP OF SALEM at Derby Wharf

Dates & Times


Sunday, August 25, 2019


2:45 PM


1 hour and 15 minutes

Type of Event

Guided Tour


Join Salem Maritime National Historic Site in commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the landing of the first enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in 1619.

We will be commemorating this important moment in U.S. history with a four-minute bell ringing on Sunday, August 25 at 3 PM. Join Park Rangers on FRIENDSHIP OF SALEM'S deck as they ring the ship's bell.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive by 2:45 PM, and are welcome to bring their own bells.

Afterwards, Park Rangers will lead an interactive tour on the history of slavery at Salem Maritime.

This program is free and open to all.

National Park Service sites across the country will simultaneously ring bells at 3 PM EST. Join us in this powerful moment of solidarity.
For more information about the 400th anniversary, and to learn more about African American history in National Parks, visit:

Reservation or Registration: No

Contact Information

Nora Halloran
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