Enduring Traditions: Rich Connections to Our Past
Saturday, September 24, 2011 – The Accokeek Foundation’s 11th annual African American Heritage Day will celebrate the region’s history and culture with “Enduring Traditions: Rich Connections to Our Past” at the National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park. Bring the family for a day full of music, living history demonstrations, children’s activities, fascinating panels and the best soul food this side of the Mason Dixon line!
Colonial Farm - Ongoing throughout the day
Buffalo Soldiers – Greater Washington DC Chapter, 9th and 10th Cavalry Association
Demonstrations of African American foodways and quilting
Heritage breed oxen team demonstration
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Panel 1 – African American Farmers and Food Justice
This panel discussion explores the role of African American farmers in achieving accessible high quality fruits, vegetables, and meats in every community. An urban farmer from Five Seeds Urban Farm from Baltimore, an organic farmer in West Virginia, Mount Pleasant Acres Farm on the Eastern Shore, and Common Good City Farm an urban farm and education center in DC will discuss their specific take on Food Justice.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Panel 2 – Historic Preservation
This panel discussion explores the importance of preserving African American historic places. Lillie Finklea discusses her role in making the Freedmen’s Cemetery a historic landmark in Alexandria, VA. Derek Parker, educator and researcher, discusses his mission to preserve the gravesite of his ancestors in Zion Hill Cemetery in Columbia, PA. Genice Lee discusses how to assess and preserve the value of materials that are passed down through the generations.
Ongoing – Oral history booth – Share your family’s enduring tradition!
Genealogy – Afrigeneas
Stress Relievers – The first official food truck in Prince George’s county will serve up fried and baked chicken, collards, okra, mac and cheese, and peach pie.
Fresh produce from RedBud Organic Farm, Five Seeds Urban Farm and Apiary, and the Ecosystem Farm.
Morris Small – Fishing and trapping
Charles County African American Historical Society – Creative recycling
Banneker Douglas Museum
Prince George’s African American Museum and Culture Center
Toni Cole – author of “The Negro Woman”
Jewels by Joan II– Jewelry and Clothing
Luxury Naturals – Naturally pampering bath and body products
Necklace Ladies – crochet necklaces
Quiet Time Quilts – custom handmade baby quilts
Unique Glasstique – handcrafted glass art pieces