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Echoes of the Enslaved 2022

September 16 - September 17

Friday September 16, 6-10pm: “Conversation” 

Descendants panel discussion, 6pm 

  • Listen to a fascinating conversation about family, genealogy, and lineage, featuring Jerome Plummer-Fowler (descendant of Adam Francis Plummer, once enslaved at Riversdale), Tina Wyatt (descendant of Harriett Tubman), and Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither (documentary story quilter). The panel will be moderated by Joe McGill (Founder, Slave Dwelling Project).

Bonfire conversation circles, 8pm

  • We will break into small groups to talk about the legacies of slavery and its impact on our modern world in a safe and truthful space. These discussions will be moderated by Chris Haley (nephew of Roots author, Alex Haley, and descendant of Kunta Kinte), Briayna Cuffie (writer and racial equity advisor), and Joe McGill.

This event is FREE but registration is required. We are only able to accommodate 50 people for this evening’s activities and seats are filling fast! Register through Parks Direct  (https://web1.myvscloud.com/wbwsc/mdpgparkswt.wsc/search.html?module=PST&fmid=176746301)  If registration is full, let me know and I can put you on our wait list.

Saturday September 17, 12 noon – 4pm: “Celebration” 

Family celebration of resilience, health, and wellness on the Riversdale grounds

  • No pre-registration is required for this FREE festival-like event with several timed and ongoing activities throughout the day, including
    • A performance by the DC Revels Jubilee Voices singing group (https://revelsdc.org/ensembles/jubilee-voices/)
    • Cooking demonstrations by Urban Cuisine, who will highlight healthy, traditional African American dishes and provide tastings
    • A talk by Joe McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project about his work with descendants
    • A hands-on archaeological dig in the Riversdale gardens
    • Descendant networking and genealogy
    • Family and wellness activities, including yoga and tai chi
    • House tours

Registration: https://web1.myvscloud.com/wbwsc/mdpgparkswt.wsc/search.html?module=PST&fmid=176746301

Details

Start:
September 16
End:
September 17