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19th Annual Maafa Commemoration

  • Congo Square 701 North Rampart Street New Orleans, LA, 70116 United States (map)

Free and open to the public

Honor your ancestors (known and unknown) as Ashé Cultural Arts Center, in partnership with the National Park Service, presents the 19th Annual Maafa Commemoration. Grand Griot Freddi Williams Evans heads the procession this year.

“The past we inherit, the future we create.”

The sacred ceremony is held in Congo Square (701 N. Rampart Street), followed by a procession to the Tomb of the Unknown Slave, historic slave markers, locations where slave-trade business took place, and on to the mighty Mississippi River, where participants release flowers while calling the names of their ancestors.

The year 2019 connects with significant historical events. Three-hundred years ago this June, the first two slave ships—L’Aurore and Le Duc du Maine—arrived in Louisiana on June 6, 1719, carrying enslaved Africans from Benin, West Africa. Four-hundred years ago, in the year 1619, enslaved Africans arrived at Point Comfort, Virginia.

Watch the promo video of past activities: