Amistad 2022

Amistad Journey to Freedom



The Middle Passage and the Amistad Uprising: Stories of Yesterday & Today

11:45 am Libations, African Drumming and Dancing

12-1 pm Welcome Remarks By

Paula Mann-Agnew | Executive Director, Discovering Amistad

Tammy Denease | Executive Artistic Director, Hidden Women Stage Company and Outreach Director for the Connecticut Freedom Trail

Dr. Jada Waters Ed.D. | Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, MPS

Mayor Benjamin D. Florsheim | City of Middletown

Deborah Shapiro | Municipal Historian, City of Middletown

Words From the Original People of the Middletown Area, the Wangunks, Gary O’Neil, Wangunk Descendant, Elder & Educator

4th Annual Middletown Middle Passage  CeremonyDr. Jesse Nasta, Executive Director  Middlesex County Historical Society

Community Day Events Commencing at 1pm. Enjoy the event with these several performances and activities.

1-2:30 pm The Lost Tribe Performance, Afro-funk fusion led by multi-percussionist Jocelyn Pleasant

2:45-3:30 pm Tammy Denease, Sarah Margu Interpreter a one woman stage play of the story of one of the children on the Amistad with Q&A to follow.

3:45-4:30 pm Iddrisu Saaka, Wesleyan Univ. Asst. Prof. Dance Multi arts performance that incorporates drumming, dancing and storytelling. 

4:30 pm Afro-Brazilian Dance Performance

Community Day Events 

Ship Tours & Dockside Education

 Traditional Arts Demonstrations with Pierre Sylvain and Renee Soares

Community Organization Information Booths 

Food Vendors & Specialty Craft Sales

DA22 Middletown Flyer (JPG)


Free Public Tours in Middletown!

Discovering Amistad will be offering free tours of the Amistad ship. Come by and learn from our education team about how the ship was built, the story of the Amistad Rebellion, and how we use the vessel today. Reserve your visit here!

To learn more about Discovering Amistad visit their website here!

PARKING: Use Pedestrian Tunnel to Access Harbor Park for these two parking locations: 

    Melilli Plaza 

    Main Street 

Handicapped Parking is available at 80 Harbor Drive, Harbor Park Lot 

Event Map

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