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The African-American experience, which began in 1619, continues to be a source of inspiration to all people, exemplified by perseverance, resilience, and dignity in the face of hardships and ordeals that are unique in the human experience. Mayor Lavelle would like to encourage the community to take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate 400 years of African-American history. Mayor Lavelle asks all residents to pause for a moment of quiet reflection to focus on the people who arrived at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619, after being torn from their homes, placed on a slave ship, captured by another ship and retained as cargo, then transported to a foreign land where, upon their arrival, they were recorded as “20 and odd” Africans, without even the dignity of names. I further ask that we commit to understanding the full truth of this history. To read the proclamation click here.
View the video of Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP President, Anna Richards accepting the proclamation here.