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African-American Heritage Festival

February 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

African-American Heritage Festival

Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28215

Free with registration 

Join Charlotte Museum of History to celebrate over 250 years of Charlotte’s vibrant African American history and culture. Explore the African roots of Southern foods; tour the 1774 Alexander homesite through the eyes of Bet, one of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the property; listen to African and African American music; and more. Spend the day exploring arts, music, dance, fashion, storytelling, and learn about everyday people who have accomplished extraordinary things.

Event Schedule:
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Foods of the African Diaspora Cooking Demonstration
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Finding the African American Story in Our Community

Multiple Exhibitors
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Rock House Through the Eyes of the Enslaved
12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. I Dream Talk Back with Opera Carolina & Fannie Flono
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Jett Edwards and the Origins of African American Music
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Crafting & Culture Activity
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Mecklenburg Kirkpatricks – A Ron Hankins “History Talks” Lecture
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A Conversation with Bet
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A Sign of the Times Performance
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. African Fashion Show Presented by House of Africa

Special Appearances: 
Archivists from the James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University
Archivists from J. Murrey Atkins Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina Charlotte
Librarians from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
La-Donia Alford-Jefferies, Author of The HBCU Homecoming Book
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County & Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
The Old Mecklenburg Genealogical Society

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February 29, 2020
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Dr
Charlotte, NC 28215 United States