St. Clements; Piney Point to join in nationwide tolling of bells

News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

Leonardtown, MD – The bells at St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, historic sites are overseen by the St. Mary’s County Museum Division, will participate in a nationwide bell-ringing commemoration Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 3 p.m. to honor those who were among the first enslaved Africans to arrive in the English colonies in the New World 400 years ago.

The bells at each museum site, along with bells across the United States, will ring to remember the first enslaved Africans who landed in the English New World at Point Comfort, VA, in 1619.

The bells will ring for four minutes, one minute for every 100 years.