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 10th, 2022, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The cost is $5.
Students from St Sya Academy 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 an optional walk through a historic slave dwelling after the performance. This event will be outside, so dress warmly! It will include walking in low light and over uneven surfaces.
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