Hen Asem Reflection Event

In 2019, the Fredericksburg Area Museum hosted a year-long program series titled Hen Asem. Derived from the fante/twi words of the Ghanaian language, Hen Asem means “Our Story.” Programming included a lineup of performances, workshops, lectures, events, and family programming focused on African American stories, with attention to the beginning of the passage of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This series hoped to bring Fredericksburg closer to its African connections.


Join the FAM on Monday, December 16th from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM for the Hen Asem Reflection Event, the final Hen Asem program of 2019. The community is invited to join us for refreshments and conversation about the topics discussed in the series, including the 1619 commemoration. This event is FREE and open to the public.


The Hen Asem series was established by FAM in conjunction with the Congressional 400 Years of African American History Commission to develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, VA, in 1619. Virginia officially kicked-off the state commemoration, American Evolution, in October 2018. The FAM’s programming supports not only the state’s commemoration, but also the Nation’s. In addition, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that 2019 is the “Year of Return” for descendants of all Africans captured and transported to the Americas as slaves. FAM’s programming aims to bring these international initiatives to the local level.


The Hen Asem series is graciously sponsored by the City of Fredericksburg. Support provided by the City enables FAM’s Hen Asem committee to present quality cultural and educational programming in an effort to unify and better understand our diverse community and history.


For more information, contact Theresa Cramer (540-371-3037 x 138) or Sonja Petersen Cantu (540-372-1010 x 304).