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Lewes Honored After MLK Street Name Vote

Lewes, Delaware (WRDE) January 23, 2020 - The City of Lewes was honored with a piece of history after its own historic move.Over Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Lewes Mayor Ted Becker received a commemorative tube from Don Victor Mooney,  the first African-American to row across the Atlantic Ocean. 


Mooney chose to give the tube from the rowboat to Becker as an honor after the mayor and city council voted to honorarily re-name West Fourth Street After Dr. King. "We have a duty to recognize government when their humanity and respect for history is respected," said Mooney.

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Mooney seeks legislation seeks legislation to rename the Virginia Inside Passage in honor of Tubman

Chincoteague, Virginia  (Shore Daily News) January 1, 2020 - In a effort to estblish the Harriet Tubman Waterway Act, which calls for renaming the Virginia Inside Passage in honor of Harriet Tubman, Don Victor Mooney handed off proposed legislation to the offices of Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware; Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Virginia; and Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, who represent parts of the Delmarva Peninsula.

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Auburn group contributes to effort to Tubman renaming effort

Auburn, New York (The Citizen) December 30, 2019 - The Harriet Tubman Boosters, of Auburn, have contributed $200 to an effort to rename the Virginia Inside Passage after the abolitionist.


The passage, located along the eastern shore of the Delmarva Peninsula that connects Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, was a corridor for freedom during the years of slavery. Tubman used the passageway to lead others to freedom, which inspired the effort to rename it the Harriet Tubman Waterway.

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Atlantic rower seeks commemoration for Harriet Tubman

Lewes, Delaware (Cape Gazette) December 3, 2019 - After rowing north through the Delmarva Peninsula nearing the end of a 5,000-mile journey by boat from West Africa, Don Victor Mooney’s thoughts turned to Harriet Tubman. As she led slaves to freedom, she often used the same waters to travel north through Virginia, Maryland and eventually Delaware.


Now, on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first slave ship in the United States, the 54-year-old New York man is seeking to rename the Virginia Inside Passage to the Harriet Tubman Waterway.

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Group On Mission To Honor Tubman, But Effort Needs Local Support

Ocean City, Maryland (The Dispatch) November 28, 2019 – The first African American man to row across the Atlantic Ocean is now on a mission to rename a local waterway after Harriet Tubman. In 2014, Victor Mooney began a 21-month rowing journey from the Canary Islands to New York City to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS research. 


“Hopefully we can garner support and listen to folks to see how we can strengthen this concept and bring it to the decision makers that will ultimately make this decision."


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Ocean rower to speak in Lewes Nov. 16

Lewes, Delaware (Cape Gazette) November 15, 2019 - Don Victor Mooney, who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2014, will be a guest speaker at the Rollins Community Center, 101 Adams Ave., Lewes, beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. Mooney is president of the H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, which has a goal of renaming the Virginia Inside Passage in honor of Harriet Tubman, who navigated the Delmarva Peninsula to usher many slaves to freedom. Mooney will speak about his journey from Africa to the United States as well as his efforts to honor Harriet Tubman.  

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Delmarva Penisula learns more about Harriet Tubman Waterway this weekend

Lewes, Delaware (WBOC) November 15 2019 - Don Victor Mooney, President of HR 1242 Resilience Project based in New York will speak at several locations along the Delmarva Peninsula to share the renaming of Virginia Inside Passage (VIP) to Harriet Tubman Waterway initiative with the local community this weekend. Mr. Mooney hopes this inaugural event will spur local partnerships to make the tribute to Harriet Tubman a reality. 

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Harriet Tubman Tribute Brought To US By Man Who Rowed 5,000 Miles From Africa

Ocean City, Maryland (Delmarva Now) November 10, 2019 - "She used nature to navigate to freedom," Mooney said last week. Officials from the group hope people will consider a Change.org petition to rename Virginia Inside Passage to the Harriet Tubman Waterway.


The Virginia Inside Passage, the corridor for freedom along the eastern shore of the Delmarva Peninsula, saw countless enslaved Africans take this route to emancipate themselves from the shackles of slavery. Harriet Tubman knew this terrain, mastered the elements and helped usher many to freedom.

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A Waterway That Displays Harriet Tubman’s Grit, A Befitting Tribute

Baltimore, Maryland (MFAME via Sea News) November 8, 2019 - As container ships and bulk carriers make their way through the Chesapeake Bay, they could soon blow horn in tribute to Harriet Tubman.


HR 1242 Resilience Project launches a campaign to rename Virginia Inside Passage (VIP) to the Harriet Tubman Waterway. In 1944, the US Navy commission SS Tubman, a Liberty class ship used for cargo during WW II, after Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and freedom fighter who was credited with helping hundreds of enslaved Africans reach freedom via Underground Railroad.

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Harriet Tubman Movie Spurs Renaming Of Virginia Inside Passage

Baltimore, Maryland (Broadway World) November 3, 2019 - The opening weekend of the film Harriet is making waves in the movie theaters across the nation and at Virginia Inside Passage (VIP). 


A grassroots effort is underway to rename Virginia Inside Passage to the Harriet Tubman Waterway. This initiative honoring Harriet Tubman on the water would follow the US Navy commissioning of SS Tubman, a Liberty class ship used for cargo during WW II, after Harriet Tubman. 

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Boatman hopes stone brings wake of healing

Assawoman Canal, Delaware (Cape Gazette) November 3, 2019 - As the Harriet Tubman biopic makes waves at theaters nationwide, Don Victor Mooney hopes the stone he retrieved from Goree Island, Senegal, brings a wake of healing. Goree Island was one of many slave ports on the coast of West Africa, where Africans were put on ships and sent to the Americas as slaves. 


After crossing the Atlantic Ocean by rowboat from Africa, Mooney continued up the Eastern Seaboard. Along this corridor, frequented by freedom-seeking slaves on the Underground Railroad, Mooney weaved in and out of Maryland's Eastern Shore marshes to Delaware creeks and canals before crossing the Delaware Bay to Cape May, N.J., and eventually arriving at the Brooklyn Bridge.

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NY Boater who stopped in Norfolk after crossing the Atlantic makes tribute to Harriet Tubman

Norfolk, Virginia (WAVY) – Don Victor Mooney, President of HR 1242 Resilience Project in New York , who crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 2014,  hopes the stone he retrieved from Goree Island, Senegal brings a wake of healing. 

Mooney rowed through the Dismal Swamp, a stretch of waterway hand-built by slaves connecting Virginia and North Carolina. The stone is being gifted to New York State. It was dedicated to Harriet Tubman at her graveside in Auburn, in commemoration of the four-hundred years of African-American History.

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New York Governor Gears Up For Harriet Tubman Memorial

 Albany, New York (October 22, 2019) Broadway World - On behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has sent a letter to HR 1242 Resilience Project in reference of their request to present State of New York a stone from Goree Island, Senegal in commemoration of the 400 Years of African-American History. 


A dedication ceremony for the stone was held on the graveside of Harriet Tubman at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn earlier this month.  

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Oneida Indian Nation says Shekoli (thank-you)

ONEIDA, New York (October 7, 2019) Indian Country Today -  Mr. Arthur Raymond Halbritter, Representative for Oneida Indian Nation, sent a letter to the HR 1242 Resilience Project and thanked them for honoring their historic contribution in aiding enslaved Africans during slavery.


“We hope this project will play an important role in bringing healing unto the seventh generation to the future", said Mr. Halbritter .

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Stone from slave holding site featured in ceremony honoring Harriet Tubman in Auburn

AUBURN, New York (October 5, 2019) Auburn Citizen -  A stone said to have originated from a place associated with the blight of slavery was transported across the globe and placed at the Auburn grave site of a figure who fought for freedom. Tourist from Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina joined the ceremony.

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Ceremony commemorates the arrival of first slaves

Daily Challenge (September 6, 2019) - Elected and civic leaders gathered with United Nation diplomats at Brooklyn's Pebble Beach to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies on August 17, 2019.


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.

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Brooklyn vigil honors 400th anniversary of first African slaves in colonial U.S.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle (August 19, 2019) Nearly 100 people gathered at DUMBO’s Pebble Beach on Saturday to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved African people arriving on the shores of the colonial U.S. Eric Adams, Brooklyn’s borough president, and Don Victor Mooney, president of the HR 1242 Resilience Project, joined United Nations dignitaries, labor leaders, school principals, law enforcement officials and more for a ceremony and a vigil in honor of those who were enslaved in New York City. 

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Activist Petitions for ‘Resilience Plaque’ at Bklyn Bridge to Commemorate African Slave Trade

Brooklyn Reader (March 27, 2019)  - “We need perseverance every day, and getting kids to do well in school can be challenging,” Mooney said. “Now they can relate to something that did happen and understand that they can overcome obstacles and challenges. With perseverance, studying and having faith, there’s nothing that they can’t accomplish.”   What's something exciting your business offers? Say it here.

March 28, 2019 - Don Victor Mooney speaks at Civil Society Briefing "Remember Slavery: The Role of Memorials in Preserving History" at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Afterwards, Dr. Sherril Wilson echoes Mooney's compassion on telling our collective history.  

In commemoration of the 400th year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans to arrived in the English colonies in 1619, H.R. 1242 Resilience Project seeks the public support on putting a stone plaque at New York's Brooklyn Bridge. 

Don Victor Mooney, President, H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, Inc. announce an initiative to place a stone plaque at New York's Brooklyn Bridge in celebration of this year's 400th Anniversary of the first arrival of twelve and odd enslaved Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619. 

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400 years of African-American History honored on Al Udeid Air Base

 AL UDEID AIR BASE, QATAR, August 29, 2019 -- With the historic bi-partisan legislation named HR 1242, which was passed in the United States Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump, Don Victor Mooney, President of HR 1242 Resilience Project was welcomed on Al Udeid Air Base by representatives for  Daniel Tulley, Brigadier General, USAF Commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. 

HR 1242 Resilience Project honors American soldiers in Doha, Qatar next week

 WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES, August 21, 2019 -- Don Victor Mooney, President of HR 1242 Resilience Project, of Queens, New York will be in Doha, Qatar to commemorate 400 Years of African-American History from August 26 - 30.

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Former slave turned priest, posthumous honored at Brooklyn Bridge Park

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 17, 2019  -- Reverend Augustus Tolton, the first openly African-American Catholic priest being considered for possible canonization by Pope Francis is posthumous honored today. "The theme chosen for this 400 anniversary: Resilience, Faith, Healing and Partnership contribute to a spirit that helps to make us one and provide for enduring peace, said His Excellency, Chrisophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States".

US man collects stone around Slave House on Goree Island for 400 years of African American History

 GOREE ISLAND, SENEGAL, August 13, 2019  -- Mr. Don Victor Mooney, of Queens, New York, is the President of HR 1242 Resilience Project. Mr. Mooney became the first African American to row across the Atlantic Ocean on his fourth try, after failing two times from Goree Island. The mission was in honor of his brother that died from AIDS and to encourage voluntary HIV testing. 

400 years has a date at Brooklyn Bridge Park

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 26, 2019  -- Don Victor Mooney, a resident of Queens, President, H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, will announced the date confirmed by Brooklyn Bridge Park officials to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in the English colonies in 1619, and highlight the resilience and contributions of African Americans to the United States. 

Rev. Sharpton Joins Petition Campaign for Resilience Plaque at Brooklyn Bridge Park

HARLEM, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 18, 2019 -- Rev. Dr. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network (NAN) announced his support for a stone plaque to be mounted at Brooklyn Bridge Park at NAN's Saturday Rally.

H.R. 1242 resilience plaque at New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2019 -- In celebration of this year's 400th Anniversary of the first arrival of twelve and odd enslaved Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619, New York-based H.R. 1242 Resilience Project request to place a plaque embedded into a stone at the first steps of Don Victor Mooney when he reached the shores of New York's Brooklyn Bridge. 

Equatorial Guinea is last port for H.R. 1242 Resilience Project

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, February 4, 2019 -- H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, Inc. launches a commemoration for the 400 Years of African American History with a social media campaign sharing faces of resilience, commemorative plaques, book release, and a four-hundred delegation resilience tour to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Senegal, and Equatorial Guinea from December 1 - 10.