In partnership with Universal Sailing Club, CBMM is hosting the 10th annual Souls at Sea ceremony on Aug. 19, starting at 1pm. Drawing on African traditions, this is an on-water remembrance and libation ceremony honoring ancestors lost during the Middle Passage.
The public is invited to join the land-based portion of the ceremony, which will be held on CBMM’s campus along Fogg’s Cove adjacent to the Van Lennep Auditorium. This piece of the annual remembrance ritual honoring the millions of captive Africans who perished during the transatlantic crossing known as the Middle Passage features a blessing of the captains and boats as well as a performance from African drum, dance, and song troupe Xaala Mainama. Guests will then send off the vessels as they depart for the on-water ceremony on the Miles River.
This event is generously sponsored by the Upper Shore Regional Folklife Center.
Souls at Sea ceremony
Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 19, 1pm
Location: Adjacent to the Van Lennep Auditorium
Cost: Free for general admission guests