On Febuary 8-10, 2019, a Black History Symposium will take place at the Southport Community Building. Local Black History will be on display throughout the weekend. Presenting the symposium is Donnie Joyner, an amateur North Carolinian Black History researcher and historian.
Friday, Febuary 8 @ 7:00 p.m. Ms. Carolyn Evans will be performing as Harriet Tubman. Ms. Evans is an accomplished actress, dancer, educator, storyteller, motivational speaker and author. Her resume includes performances at PENN Center, Inc., the Apollo and La Mama Theatres, as well as in North Buxton, Canada, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She has appeared on PBS TV and CNN TV.
Saturday, Febuary 9, Attend a day of lectures. Stay for all, or come for one.
10:00 a.m. – Black History Exhibit Opening
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Sweet Basket Demonstration, by Kisha Kinard. Baskets will be available for purchase.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – African American History and Culture in Southport, by Lisa Anderson. Come and share your Southport stories. Following the discussion, walk next door to the Fort Johnston/Southport Museum to preview the Southport Historical Society’s new exhibit, African American History and Culture in Southport. The purpose of this exhibit series is to cultivate awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of African Americans in Southport by advocating, showcasing and preserving the art and history through memorabilia, photographs and objects relating to the African American experience that helped to shape our community.
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. – Southport Historical Society Museum Exhibit Opening, African American History and Culture in Southport, located at the Fort Johnston/Southport Museum
5:00 p.m. – African Americans in the U. S. Navy during the Civil War, by Mike Powell, the current President and Director of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table. Mr. Powell will recount the story of how African-Americans went from slaves to enlisted sailors in the US Navy over period of 125 days in 1861. He will compare the experiences of those freedom seekers who served in the US Army to those who joined the Navy and the many roles they played, from providing valuable intelligence to being awarded the Medal of Honor.
Sunday, Febuary, 10 @ 3:00 p.m. Join the Old Time Gospel Fest, hosted by Mrs. Gwen Wearen.
Programs are free, but donations will gratefully be accepted to help the following churches recover from Hurricanes Florence and Michael: Mt Carmel, AME Church, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and The First Baptist Church of Southport.