Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Rd, Durham, is hosting a Jonkonnu celebration this holiday season.
Jonkonnu at Stagville
Celebrate Jonkonnu, a historic African American holiday tradition, with Historic Stagville and St Sya Academy on Saturday, December 19, 2023, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The cost is $5. Children under age 12 will be admitted for free.
Students from St Sya Academy and Durham musicians will perform at Horton Grove to honor the history of Jonkonnu, an Afro-Caribbean masquerade celebrated by enslaved people. After the performance, join the lead artists around the bonfire for conversation about Jonkonnu’s past and present around the world.
Jonkonnu was a distinctive part of African American culture in 19th century North Carolina. Enslaved people resisted cultural erasure by preserving African music, dance, drum, and costumes of Jonkonnu through generations of enslavement. Stagville is one of the rare sites in North America with primary source documentation of Jonkonnu.
This program will be outdoors, with storytelling and drumming around the bonfire afterwards. Please bring your own chairs or blankets.
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