A New York-based project is set to culminate a yearlong commemoration regarding 400 years of African American history with the burying this week of a time capsule in Equatorial Guinea.

The items include letters, books, newspapers, proclamations, citations, magazines, coins, photos and artifacts, with the government of Equatorial Guinea also contributing historic cultural items for the ceremony.

“Despite the global pandemic of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever that the bridges between Africa and its Diaspora weather this storm,” Don Victor Mooney, president of the H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, said in a press statement.

Mooney, who became the first African-American to row from the coast of Africa to New York’s Brooklyn Bridge on his fourth attempt, recently met at the Peoples Palace with His Excellency, Anatolio Ndong Mba, a representative for Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations in New York.

The project, for which the theme is “400 Years: Resilience, Faith, Healing and Partnership,” also delivered boxes of personal protective equipment, gloves and hand sanitizer to the Archdiocese of Malabo.

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