Mr Sheppard said Zambia has been chosen because of the matching underlying landscape and the efforts of escaping from the slave trade.
He said Virginia in the USA has swamps similar to those of the Western Province, and it is in these swamps that some ancestors of the African – Americans escaped slavery to set up communities.
Meanwhile, Induna Namamba of the BRE said Western Province today (Thursday, 08 August 2019) awaits the arrival of the African-Americans coming home.
He said the BRE, working with the national organizing committee, has organized people of Western Province to receive the team adding that the entourage will have several stopovers on the way from Lusaka en route to Mongu.
The traditional authorities' representative said his team has even gone ahead to teach the Americans some Silozi words.
The African-Americans are in Barotseland to commemorate 400 years since the first African slaves arrived in English America and to commission the construction of the Diversity Restoration Solutions (DRS) Inc. multi-million US Dollar state of the art Restoration Center Headquarters for Africa at Sefula, Mongu.
Also to take place during the commemoration festivities will be the official recognition of Captain Moses Grandy and King Mulambwa of Barotseland for their respective roles in ending the slave trade!
Moses Grandy (c. 1786 - unknown), was an African-American author, abolitionist, and, for more than the first four decades of his life, an enslaved person while King Mulambwa of Barotseland is recognized for banning the Arab slave trade in his Kingdom and surrounding territories in the late 18th Century.
SOURCES: The Lusaka Star, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC)
VIDEO (00:2:28): ZNBC 19:00hrs Main News, 8th August, 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I89c4M0Rv28
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