BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Faith leaders across the country commemorated Sunday the 400 year anniversary of when the first Africans were brought to Virginia and sold as slaves at the Old South Church in Boston.
Names belonging to slaves who lived in Boston and worshipped at the Old South Church were read aloud.
Among those who read the names was Mimi Jones, a civil rights activist who, at 14 years old in Georgia, met Martin Luther King Jr.
“First of all, we really need to never forget history because our present is informed by our past,” Jones said.
Church bells were rung Sunday to honor the first slaves brought to Virginia, as well as a celebration of the 400 years of African-American history, culture, and contributions.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports