Portsmouth African Burial Ground Consecration

Oscar Mokeme pouring libations over the burial ground

On August 17th, 2014 IAC was honored to participate in a ceremony consecrating the ground in which black members of the Portsmouth community were buried in the 1700s.  Oscar Mokeme combined three waters — rain water, sea water, and well water — and poured them over the ground to create a sacred space for the burial ground.  The ceremony was moving and magnificent, and marked the beginning of the construction that will result in a Memorial for those buried there.