A Collection of Resources and Engagements to commemorate the Quad-Centennial
of the first of the African Diaspora
brought to the American Colonies
This resource is a joint effort of The United Methodist Council of Bishops, General Commission on Religion and Race and General Board of Church and Society. Representatives of each of these ministries of The UMC have come together to collect ideas to commemorate a tragedy in our shared history. In 1619, a war in Angola transpired to resist the colonizing advances of the Portuguese. That summer, some 350 Angolans were enslaved and put on a ship called the Juan Bautista, headed to Mexico for processing. On the way, two English ships attacked the Juan Bautista and stole 50-60 Angolans, taking them to the new colony of Jamestown, Virginia, where they landed in August 1619. Those Africans were the first to be sold into bondage in what is now The United States of America. This was the beginning of a human slave trade that has affected all of us ever since. We offer the following to help us remember, repent, and commit to a different way of being.
The United Methodist Council of Bishops
The General Commission on Religion and Race
The General Board of Church and Society