Transatlantic rower culminates 400 Years of African American History in Equatorial Guinea

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Don Victor Mooney at Port of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria with the Spirit of Malabo in January 2014 (Image Courtesy: GC Media / H.R. 1242 Resilience Project)

Don Victor Mooney, (55) of Flushing, Queens, New York and President of H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, culminates their 400 Years of African American History in Equatorial Guinea this week with a time capsule.

On his fourth try, Mooney became the first African American to row across any ocean. Maersk Shipping Company sponsored the transportation of his rowboat, christened the Spirit of Malabo to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. Mooney endured a 21 month transatlantic row from Las Palmas to New York’s Brooklyn Bridge for AIDS awareness.

The theme for H.R.1242 Resilience Project year long activities is called: 400 Years: Resilience, Faith, Healing, and Partnership. H.R. 1242 Resilience Project was designed to recognize the contributions of African American clergy, school teachers, community leaders, law enforcement, politicians, military leaders and diplomats to the United States. Equatorial Guinea is one the emerging countries in Central Africa. With its two main ports in Bata and Malabo, they have become a strategic point for international commerce.

Equatorial Guinea marks the 52nd Anniversary of Independence on October 12, 2020.

Sea News, October 13

Baibhav Mishra
Author: Baibhav Mishra