Black History Month Series

The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States

Event Description:

Black History Month Series

 

The Mariners’ Museum is honoring Black History Month with a calendar full of activities.
All activities are FREE with Museum admission. 
 
The African and African-American Presence in the Maritime World
Presented by Museum staff
Saturday, February 4 & 25, 2017 • 11 AM and 1 PM
Join Museum staff on a unique guided tour of The Mariners’ Museum as we discover the influences of Africans and African-Americans across the centuries and throughout the maritime world.
 
I Come From Old Virginny
Presented by Historian Carson Hudson
Saturday, February 18, 2017 • 10 AM and 2 PM
I Come From Old Virginny demonstrates the changing sound and perception of the banjo over its history. It was in Virginia that the banjo, arriving from Africa in the hands of the enslaved, began to find its own voice. Americans, both black and white, began to combine English and Irish tunes and ballads with African rhythms to create something new… something American. Discover how the banjo developed in Virginia and how it influenced—and was influenced by—the musicians who played it. Carson Hudson is a practicing military, social, and music historian and an Emmy Award-winning screenwriter. He has written four books and lectures regularly at colleges and museums. 
 
Anansi and Other African Folktales
Presented by Museum staff
Saturday, February 25, 2017 • 10 AM and 2 PM
Throughout the ages, Africans have used storytelling to teach life lessons, entertain, and explain the workings of the world. In this entertaining and educational program, the audience will listen to some of these stories and learn how African storytellers incorporated music to tell their tales. The audience will then become part of the storytelling by using their own handmade musical instruments as they discover how stories crossed the Atlantic to the Americas