Restoring the Boston Middle Passage Ceremonies & Port Markers Site

The website was built to gather information related to and to archive the August 23, 2015 ceremony recognizing Boston as a Middle Passage port site, which took place at Faneuil Hall.

In Fall 2016, access to the site was no longer available. As a result, we are working to rebuild  it here at

An archived version of the old site from October 2016 is available through the Wayback Machine at Internet Archive.

See more information below:

The 2015 event is part of a larger effort by the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP), an international, grassroots organization dedicated to commemorating the more than 2 million people who perished in the Middle Passage of the transatlantic human trade and the 10 million who survived. Partnering with historical and cultural societies, academic institutions, churches, visitor and tourist bureaus, and community organizations, the MPCPMP’s aim is to research, identify, and facilitate remembrance ceremonies at all ports of captive Africans’ entry during the 350 years of the transatlantic human trade in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe.

The August 23, 2015 Boston ceremony acknowledges the city as a port receiving enslaved people who survived the international slave trade, as well as the vital role that Africans and their descendants played in the development of both the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the United States.

p>Video of the event is now available, both the full ceremony and highlights:

Related Blog Posts from the National MPCPMP website:

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