VIDEO: ASHE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER INTERVIEW | MAAFA CELEBRATION
NEW ORLEANS—As the Crescent City nears its 300-year anniversary in 2018, one arts institution is preparing to honor not just the city’s past, but all the Africans who died during the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, a nearly 20-year-old arts-based institution located in New Orleans’ Central City area, is kicking off its celebration of the tricentennial with this year’s Maafa commemoration, “A Prelude to the Tri-centennial,” at Congo Square in Armstrong Park on July 1.
Maafa, a Kiswahili word meaning “great tragedy” or “horrific tragedy,” and a reference to the Middle Passage or Transatlantic Slave Trade, will pay tribute to the scores of African captives who were enslaved and brought to the Americas to be used as a labor force. African slaves arrived in Americas in 1719.
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