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Students invited to celebrate and discover African American Heritage at Wannamaker County Park Festival

  • Saturday, January 18, 2014

In honor of Black History month, educators throughout the Lowcountry and beyond are invited to bring their students to experience a special event hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission in February. PHOTO PROVIDED

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In honor of Black History month, educators throughout the Lowcountry and beyond are invited to bring their students to experience a special event hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission in February. Celebrating the traditions and histories of Africa and the Diaspora, the African American Heritage Festival will take place at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park on Friday, Feb. 28. From its roots in Africa to the Americas, and especially South Carolina, elementary and middle school students will be immersed in African American culture and history through a variety of activities including demonstrations, reenactments, performances and hands-on experiences.

Students will tour through several exhibit areas. Demonstrations and presentations will include the following topics:

•Harriet Tubman and the Civil War

•The Magic of Stories and Music from Sierra Leone

•Exploring Gullah Culture

•Capoeira Charleston

Events will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Feb. 28, and students will have the opportunity to visit each demonstration area. Registration fees are $8 per student. One chaperone per every eight students receives free admission. Pre-registration is required to participate in this event.

Boxed lunches are available for purchase and orders should be placed at least one week in advance. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch; however, concessions will also be available for purchase on site.

For more information on the African American Heritage Festival or to register, call (843) 795-4386. Also visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com.

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