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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.

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.”  

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.