The newly formed Duplin County African American Experience will host its first African American Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will be held at the Big Zion AME Zion Church located at 227 Summerlin Crossroad in Kenansville.
The festival will feature a detailed display of Duplin County African American History, including pictures, documents, Duplin County slave narratives, family histories, Duplin County Rosenwald Schools, cemeteries and churches, a Duplin County Juneteenth Photo Booth for instant photographs, Juneteenth demonstrations, and a book signing by Desi L. Campbell of his latest book and video documentary of “Duplin County: The African American Experience.” This documentary includes 200 plus pages of history dating back to the early 1800’s.
The Duplin County African American Experience will commemorate and honor people that have made a significant impact in the African American community in Duplin County. This year, the honorees, are:
Ed Dudley Monk, Ezekiel Ezra Smith, Reddick Earl Wilkins, Sam Miller, Richard Miller, Eddie Brinson, Winder Johnson, Alex Brown, Juanita Butler Boney, Lillian Farrior, Carrie Batts, Professor Carl Winfred Dobbins and Joseph Chesterfield Walters.
The Duplin County African American Experience along with Harnett County African American Heritage Center pledges to promote, present and preserve African American history, culture, traditions and achievements of African Americans. Honoring the past, celebrating the present and embracing the future by cultivating and educating the history makers of today and tomorrow.