Cornelius Parks & Recreation Department and Smithville CommUNITY Coalition are presenting a Black History Month celebration on Saturday, February 26th, 2022, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius.
This is a free event for the whole community.
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The program features:
- Guest speaker Abigail Jennings, a historic preservation advocate; she will be sharing the vision for HEARTS Park in Huntersville, which promises to engage visitors with place-based history
- Art exhibit by Gil Horne Jr.
- Children’s activities
- Sketch artist Maurice Caldwell
- Following this year’s program at Town Hall, please head across the street for the presentation of the Potts Barber Shop Historic Designation by the Smithville CommUNITY Coalition
HEARTS Park: Historic preservation advocate Abigail Jennings will be sharing the vision for HEARTS Park. Utilizing the historic James Torrance Cedar Grove and Hugh Torrance House & Store in Huntersville, this new Mecklenburg park promises to engage visitors with place-based history.
Potts Barber Shop Historic Designation: Regarded as the oldest ongoing Cornelius business that has been continuously owned and operated by an African American entrepreneur, Potts Barber Shop received a well-deserved historic landmark designation in October 2021. The history of the barbershop and details on its designation will be shared with attendees.
Art by Gil Horne Jr.: Acclaimed multi-media artist Gil Horne Jr.’s work will be on display in Town Hall throughout the month of February. His art is a narrative of the Black experience, drawing inspiration from his own confrontations with profiling, stereotypes, and masculinity. Visitors are encouraged to come by and view his work at any time during normal business hours.
More Black History Month events in Charlotte
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