Lewes artifact included in African American history time capsule

October 17, 2020

The New York-based H.R. 1242 Resilience Project will culminate its yearlong project commemorating 400 Years of African American History by burying a time capsule in Equatorial Guinea in October.

During Don Victor Mooney’s visit to Lewes, he received a journal from Lewes Historical Society, which he included in the time capsule. "Lewes has been an integral part of my row, so it was only fitting to add something from this great city,” said Mooney.

Other items include letters; books; newspapers; proclamations; citations;, magazines; coins; photos; artifacts; fuel of the transatlantic slave trade such as cotton, sugar and tobacco; African American women suffragists biographies; and music CDs. The government of Equatorial Guinea will also contribute historic cultural items for the ceremony.

On his fourth attempt, Mooney became the first African-American to row from the coast of Africa to New York's Brooklyn Bridge. His boat, christened the Spirit of Malabo, was sponsored by the government of Equatorial Guinea with the personal support of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Mooney met with the president Oct. 9 at the Peoples Palace in the presence of Anatolio Ndong Mba, permanent representative for Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations in New York. H.R. 1242 Resilience Project also delivered boxes of PPE, gloves, and hand sanitizer to the Archdiocese of Malabo. The theme for H.R. 1242 Resilience Project is 400 Years: Resilience, Faith, Healing and Partnership.

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