Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, is hosting African-American Heritage Festival on Saturday, February 29th, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is a free event and is one of the museum’s family-friendly events throughout the year designed to help guests learn about the many people who make up Charlotte’s unique cultural landscape.
Please follow the above link to register.
This event is supported by the Arts & Science Council, Wells Fargo, Walmart and Watch Charlotte.
Here’s some of what’s going on:
- Explore the African roots of southern foods
- Tour the Hezekiah Alexander Rock House through the eyes of Bet, one of at least thirteen enslaved people who lived and worked on the property
- Listen to African and African American music
- Explore arts
- Explore dance
- Storytelling about everyday people who have accomplished extraordinary things
Schedule of African-American Heritage Festival
Foods of the African Diaspora
Cooking demonstrations will highlight the role of the African diaspora in creating the foods we see in Charlotte today.
Opera Carolina Talk-Back
Opera Carolina’s musical drama “I Dream” explores the last 36 hours of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life through a fusion of musical expressions from jazz, R&B, gospel, Broadway and opera traditions. Museum trustee and journalist Fannie Flono will host a community discussion
with Opera Carolina to explore the impact of Dr. King on Charlotte today. (This
event is appropriate for third-grade audiences and above).
Voices of Eden Gospel Choir
The Voices of Eden Gospel Choir will perform on the museum’s grand staircase.
Gospel singer Jett Edwards
An interactive performance on “Origins of African American Music” by award-winning singer/songwriter Jett Edwards.
The Mecklenburg Kirkpatricks
You’re invited to be a part of a conversation about the relationships and struggles forged by the legacy of enslavement here in Charlotte. The conversation will feature Jimmie Kirkpatrick
and De Kirkpatrick, subjects of a documentary currently in development. These
two men – one black, one white – share the same last name and are connected
by the legacy of slavery. By learning from each other, they hope to begin healing
the deep wounds that many have never faced. This conversation is part of the
Ron Hankins “History Talks” Lecture Series, sponsored by Wells Fargo.
Through the Eyes of Bet
Hear from Bet, one of the enslaved people who lived and worked on this property during the Revolutionary War period. She will talk about her life and experiences. Bet is portrayed by her descendant, Queen Thompson.
A Sign of the Times
A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas preserves the legacy of the African Diaspora through music, dance and the spoken word. A Sign of the Times’s first Black History Concert in Charlotte was held at The Charlotte Museum of History more than 20 years ago.
African Fashion Show
Hosted by House of Africa, this fashion show features unique fashions from various African countries and explores their impact on American fashion. The show includes drummers, dance and celebration.
Explore the historic Alexander Homesite
See the historic 1774 Alexander Rock House, the oldest home in Mecklenburg
County, and its homesite through the eyes of the people who were enslaved here
in the late 18th and early 19th century, in a new nation that was ostensibly inspired
by the idea of liberty.
Who’s your hero? Make & Take Activity
Create cards highlighting important African American figures in Queen City history. This activity is designed to encourage kids to think about how they can be forces of change in their own
communities and become their own Queen City heroes.
Finding Your Family Story
Join the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and the Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical
Society to learn about genealogy resources for tracing your family’s history and
tips and tricks for preserving your family stories.