Hen Asem series – Africa and The Bible

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is excited to announce the second program in the Hen Asem series, Africa and the Bible. A panel including The Reverend Dr. Aaron L. Dobynes, Sr., Minister David E. Dudley and Hen Asem Committee Chairman, Michael Carter Jr. will explore the historic, geographic and geological viewpoints of the world’s most popular and bestselling book. This presentation seeks to uncover many hidden truths of the Scriptures and provide a proper geographic and historic perspective on the Bible and its most influential figures.  FAM encourages participants to bring questions and an open mind to this presentation.


Africa and the Bible will be held at the Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), 801 Sophia St, on Saturday, March 23rd from 1:00 –3:00 PM.  This is event is free however, registration is encouraged. Please contact Theresa Cramer or 540-371-3037, ext. 138 to reserve your seat.


Africa and the Bible is part of a year-long program series titled, Hen Asem.  This 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 in October 2018, and 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.


Derived from the fante/twi words of the Ghanaian language, Hen Asem means “Our Story.” Programming will include a lineup of performances, workshops, lectures, school 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 hopes to bring Fredericksburg closer to its African connections.


This pivotal program 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.