Leonardtown, MD — The bells at St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum will participate in a nationwide bell-ringing commemoration on August 25 to honor the first enslaved Africans to arrive in the English colonies 400 years ago.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, the bells at each museum site, and at parks all across the United States, will be rung in remembrance of the enslaved Africans who landed in the English New World at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619. The bells will ring for four minutes, one minute for every 100 years.

The National Parks Service has asked all 419 national parks, NPS programs, and community partners to participate in the remembrance saying that bells are traditionally a symbol of freedom. 

The NPS suggests anyone posting photos or videos of the event on social media use the hashtags #RingToRemember and #400Years.