The Historic Columbia Foundation will host the 33rdannual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage on August 27th. Jubilee celebrates culture and the contributions of a family whose roots began with a freed slave to the entrepreneurial spirit of her descendants. Festival activities will include:
- Hands-on demonstrations from some of the region’s most skilled artists and craftsmen.
- Musical entertainment including R&B, jazz, blues and gospel.
- Vendors with African-influenced and traditional merchandise.
- Tours of the Mann-Simons site, bus tours of African-American heritage sites, the Modjeska Simkins property and many other events throughout the day.
Jubilee celebrates the life of Celia Mann and her descendants. Although only one house stands today, the Mann-Simons site historically was a collection of commercial and residential spaces owned and operated by the same African-American family from at least 1843 until 1970. The property and its multiple buildings changed considerably over time to better accommodate the needs, tastes and aspirations of this remarkable family.
In connection with Jubilee, children K-8 can participate in a poster contest. Details on the contest are available here.
Also the foundation is soliciting vendors for the festival. Details and applications are available here.
Finally, plans are afoot to hold a Yam cook-off. Further details will be announced.
Source: Historic Columbia Foundation
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