Richmond, VA, October 8, 2019: 17th Annual Gabriel Forum at the African Burial Ground

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17th Annual Gabriel Forum at the African Burial Ground

For the 17th year in a row, the SACRED GROUND HISTORICAL RECLAMATION PROJECT will host a GABRIEL FORUM at Richmond’s African Burial Ground to mark the day in 1800 that the great slave rebellion leader Gabriel was executed here for the crime of leading a rebellion for Freedom, Justice and Equality. This year’s gathering will be especially important as the City moves to finalize its plans for Shockoe Bottom.

PLEASE NOTE: We shifted the date for this year’s event to Tuesday, October 8th, to accommodate some scheduling changes.

Lynetta Thompson, Co-Founder, Community Unity in Action
Rev. Rodney Hunter, Pastor, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church


CULTURAL HEALING: Ram Bhagat, Ph.D., Founder, Drums No Guns
LIBATION: Queen Nzinga, Longtime Community Activist
PURPOSE OF THE GABRIEL FORUM: Ana Edwards, Chair, Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project
KEEPING ALIVE THE STORY OF GABRIEL: Pamela Bingham, Direct Descendant of Gabriel
RE-ENACTMENT OF THE LIFE OF JAMES FIELD: Joseph Sharif Hakeem Rogers, Living Historian

OPEN MIC for participants to express their thoughts and feelings.

“Brother General Gabriel” – a site-specific dance work for the African Burial Ground – will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10th, presented by Untold RVA and University of Richmond as part of the 2019-2020 Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts.

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