April 15th Officially Recognized as The Pearl Coalition "Voyage of Freedom" Day.
This year’s annual event was exceptional; with the support of the District of Columbia City Council, The Pearl Coalition recognized descendents and progenitors of the Pearl Escape with the official DC City Council Resolution CER 20-13.
Rebuilding the Heritage of Washington, D.C.
The Pearl Coalition's mission is to foster a modern cultural understanding of slaves, slavery, and escapes from slavery in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. This organization is a growing educational institution that will facilitate cultural offerings, destinations, and experiences that highlight the array of racial, social, economic factors and contributions of the people and places involved in the Pearl escape, and the inner workings of the Underground Railroad.
Heritage Tourism & Community Development
The Pearl Coalition's vision is to bring to the Metro region a comprehensive tourism destination connected to the Southwest Waterfront, letting both tourists and residents reconnect with African American heritage linked to Washington D.C.
The flag ship of this destination will be a replica of The Pearl, setting sail on a daily basis on the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. The beautiful Pearl and connected experiences will be operated across the board as a social enterprise that will provide job training and educational programs for local youth, create awareness of African American history, and educate visitors to our nation's capital. Programs and activities will ultimately be operated in collaboration with contracting entities centered around youth development and maritime history. The Pearl Coalition will also work with historical institutions such as The City Museum of Washington, D.C. or the National African American Museum to present a holistic view of African American history. Read more about our programs.
Living History - Visual Arts Program
Rebuilding The Pearl
One of the most important goals The Coalition has is to restore and rebuild a replica of the The Pearl Schooner to its original likeness. Once completed, The Pearl will be a fully operational sailing vessel and educational destination along the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. Learn how you can get involved.