MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Bethel Church of Morristown, The Presbyterian Church in Morristown and the United Methodist Church of Morristown will be participating in the National Park Service's Day of Healing; a Nationwide Bell Ringing Ceremony on Sunday August 25.
This Sunday August 25 is the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, now part of Fort Monroe National Monument, a unit of the NPS. The anniversary will be commemorated as a day of healing and reconciliation. Bells will ring simultaneously across the nation for four minutes- one for each century- to honor the first Afreicans who landed in 1619 at Point Comfort.
The event is organized by Senior Pastor Sidney Williams of the Bethel Church, the congregation of the Presbyterian Church and Reverend Luna Cook of the United Methodist Church. The community is invited to take part in the moment of reflects as bells toll. Those in attendance will gather at the Morristown Green at 3pm for a procession to the front lawn of the Presbyterian Church.
To learn more about the nationwide Day of Healing - Nationwide Bell Ringing Ceremony, visit https://www.nps.gov/fomr/planyourvisit/bell-ringing.htm .