Look who will be there this year June 15, 2019
Photos and Videos from 2017's Event
Our Day of Renewal was a celebration of culture and diversity. This is what one of our participants had to say.
Thank you Melody Lee O'Brien for your heart felt sentiments!
"Today as I looked around and saw a blend of different races and faces, skin tone and ethnicity all enjoying such a rich, vibrant, beautiful culture my heart was beyond joyful. To hear drumming and watch black people feel free and comfortable to dance and celebrate in that historical space, it comforted me. At the end of the tree dedicated I held on to a branch of that powerful, mighty tree said a quiet blessing and then left a medicine offering to respect the life within that tree, to respect the roots and life force it represents. I pray that in our lifetime we see the change."
Take a look at the photos below.
THE LIBERTY TREE DEDICATION
Dr. Edward E. Andrews
Department of History & Classics
"On this day, as the community gathers together in a celebration of life, renewal, and African American culture here in Newport, it is important to reflect on those that came before us: the lives they lived, the challenges they faced, and the spaces they inhabited. This particular space, known for generations as "The Liberty Tree" because it served as a site of symbolic protest during the American Revolution, was also an important site for the black community as well. This triangular plot of land, on the outskirts of town, near the common burying ground, and marked by a large tree, was the site of African cultural ceremonies during an age of slavery. Let this space be a reminder of the inhumanity of slavery in our midst, but also a testament to the preservation, survival, and continual renewal of Newport's African American community."