Utopia Ceremony of Remembrance

On December 17 at noon, the Society of Friends of African American History will once again conduct the annual Ceremony of Remembrance to commemorate the establishment of the Utopia Site in Kingsmill, Williamsburg. Nineteen years ago, when land was bing cleared to expand the Williamsburg community, researchers from the James River Institute of Archaeology discovered a cemetery where lay the remains of 25 enslaved Africans and their descendants. The cemetery was near the slave quarters formerly known as Utopia, and that land had been owned by famous Virginians like Col. Thomas Pettus and James Bray. Archeologists determined that the enslaved Africans lived between 1690 and 1770; a time when America was not yet a nation. To protect their remains, the bodies were moved.

It is at this site that the Ceremony of Remembrance will take place. The ceremony will include a keynote presentation by Rev. C. Mallory, Sr., musical selections, and scripture readings. This event is open to the public.

Date: December 17, 12 noon
Location: Wareham's Pond Road, Kingsmill on the James, Williamsburg

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