Philly Middle Passage


The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony and Port Marker Project

Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony

June 2nd, 2014

5:30 – 7:30pm

On the Pier behind Independence Seaport Museum,

Penn’s Landing, 

211 South Columbus Blvd & Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Research identifying all ports of entry for Africans during the 350 years of the transatlantic human trade* identifies the Port of Philadelphia on the Delaware River as one of more than 175 middle passage ports in 50 nations of North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015, the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) plans to conduct ancestral remembrance ceremonies by geographic regions in all U.S. cities that were middle passage ports.

In Support of this mission, On June 2, each year, the Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project (PhillyMPC) will honor our ancestors and commemorate the nearly 2 million Africans who perished in the Middle Passage.

Our immediate goal is to gather support for the application and installation of a historical marker in their memory. Please visit our website for more information and to make a contribution for marker application. Join us as we Honor Our Ancestors with a Remembrance Ceremony including a Blessing of the River, Community Performances and Expressions.​ 


The inaugural ceremony took place on June 2, 2013, beginning with a blessing of the river at 10:00 AM, on the pier at the Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing.  Activities from dawn to dusk included libations, community performances, art exhibition, screening of the film Toussaint Louverture and a reception.

Missed this event? Stay tuned!

You can still make a donation of any amount to the Philadelphia Middle Passage Port Marker Project.

(Visit the site and Click the Paypal button  to donate.)

Watch the Video from the 2013 Event!

2013 Poster