Rename Virginia Inside Passage to Harriet Tubman Waterway
Cape Charles, Virginia (November 17, 2019) - After guest preacher, Rev. James Jones of New Macedonia Baptist Church gave the benediction at the African Baptist Church, Don Victor Mooney, President of HR 1242 Resilience Project, spoke about an initiative to rename Virginia Inside Passage to the Harriet Tubman Waterway. This was Mooney's first visit after stopping at the church while enroute to New York by rowboat in 2015, where Pastor Rev. Garris and congregation welcomed him home.
Mooney's visit also allowed him to meet Rev. Kevin Jones, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Capeville, which serves as the home church for Governor Ralph Northam. Rev. Jones told Mooney that he'll share the Harriet Tubman Waterway initiative with the Governor.
Ocean City, Maryland (November 16, 2019) - Dorchester County NAACP President, Ivory Smith lent support at Harriet Tubman Waterway info session, which was sponsored by Fager's Island.
HR 1242 Resilience Project was also humbled to recieve support from AARP of Ocean City and Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. The Office of Lt. Governor of Maryland was updated on this initiative, and sent a note of gratitude.
Lewes, Delaware (November 16, 2019) - HR 1242 Resilience Project launched the first Harriet Tubman Waterway info session in partnership with Lewes Historical Society. After the event, Mayor of Lewes, Ted Becker pledged his support. Mooney ended his visit to Lewes, where he paid hommage at the oldest known graves of African-Americans in Delaware. In 2015, Mooney docked in Lewes Harbor Marina before continuing his transatlantic row to New York.
Daily Challenge (September 6, 2019) - Elected, civic leaders, labor, and law enforcement gathered with United Nations diplomats at Brooklyn's Pebble Beach to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies. The theme for the commemoration was 400 years: Resilience, Faith, Healing and Partnership. It was coordinated by HR 1242 Resilience Project President, Don Victor Mooney, who rowed from Africa to US in 2014 following one of the transatlantic slave routes, in partnership with Brooklyn Borough Hall on August 17, 2019.
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