Mammoth Cave National Park to commemorate 400 years of African American history

Photo credit: Mammoth Cave National Park

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky.- This Sunday, August 25, Mammoth Cave National Park will join a nationwide commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America.

The attraction will conduct several Heritage Trail walks and porch talks that highlight African Americans and their legacy at Mammoth Cave National Park. The park will also participate in a nationwide bell-ringing ceremony at 2 p.m. central time at the park visitor center. The nationwide bell-ringing event is a symbolic gesture to enable Americans from all walks of life to participate in this historic moment to capture the spirit of healing and reconciliation while honoring the significance of 400 years of African American history and culture.

According to a news release from the park, since its establishment on August 25, 1916, the National Park Service has cared for extraordinary historic and cultural sites that are pivotal parts of the American narrative. African Americans played a key role in Mammoth Cave’s history as they served as some of the first guides and explorers of the Mammoth Cave system.