The SW Pearl Group, organized by Rev. Ruth Hamilton and Vyllorya Evans, has planned a commemorative, educational event on the anniversary of this historic 1848 event–the escape for freedom attempted by 77 enslaved persons in Washington DC aboard the schooner, The Pearl. All are invited to join the 7:00 pm zoom event (link here) featuring Underground Railroad historian, C.R. Gibbs and Pearl descendant, Dawne Young. At 8:00 pm, the SW Pearl Group will process to the Southwest Duck Pond, led with spirituals sung by our friend Jonathan Holley of Riverside Baptist. He will be followed by two period re-enactors. The group will gather at the temporary memorial site at the Duck Pond. We will light 77 luminarias and read the names of those who sought freedom. Dr. Sheila S. Walker will speak briefly about the metaphor of The Pearl and Rev. Ruth will also give brief remarks, among others. The District’s Department of Parks and Recreation limit gatherings to 50 people in park space. If you live nearby you may wish to come over at 8:00 pm for the small gathering. We are encouraging citizens to bring flowers to lay at the memorial site which will be there through April 18.
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April 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm