Now in its third year, Historic Sotterley’s Common Ground Initiative continues on August 23rd at 1:00 pm when the site once again takes part in the annual UNESCO Day of Remembrance.

As a UNESCO Slave Route Site of Memory, Historic Sotterley held an incredibly moving remembrance ceremony in 2019 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the enslaved coming to America.  This year, Sotterley again invites the public to participate in this important day by honoring the memories of those that perished and survived the trans-Atlantic slave trade. We remember the abolition of the trade and celebrate the contributions of survivors whose strength built nations.

This year, Sotterley will hold a less-formal event which will be streamed on Facebook LIVE beginning at 1:00 pm.  The day will include libations at the Slave Cabin, a bell ringing to remember the enslaved who perished on the Middle Passage to Sotterley, reading of the names of the known enslaved, and visiting areas such as the Middle Passage Marker, Slave Cabin, and African-American gravesite.

The Facebook Live is free, and we are proud to hold this event in a way that is safe for all in this time of COVID-19.  It will be permissible to join the event on-site, but face masks and social distancing will be required.  Please be prepared for walking and standing.  Proceed to the Visitor Center when you arrive on-site for check-in and instructions.

The mission of Sotterley’s Common Ground initiative is to bring descendants, community and partners together to provide education, resources, remembrance, and celebrate cultures to aid in healing; to help uncover and eradicate racism and discrimination in all forms; to promote social equality and justice through the interpretation of authentic history and its relevance to effect social change, while encouraging individual and group activism.

It will be easy to join this Facebook live event.  Event details and registration links can be found at

Historic Sotterley

Historic Sotterley, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the United States, with a history dating back to the turn of the 18th century.

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