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Kingsley Heritage Celebration Press Release

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
Kingsley Plantation
11676 Palmetto Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32226
904 251-3537 phone
904 251-3577 fax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28, 2009
Contact: Carol Clark, Park Ranger

Kingsley Heritage Celebration - Saturdays in February 2009
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, former President of Spelman and Bennett Colleges, and descendant of Anna and Zephaniah Kingsley, will present the keynote speech at the 11th Annual Kingsley Heritage Celebration. Scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m., the event also features a musical presentation by the Edward Waters College Choir, a historically Black college in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Cole’s presentation is entitled "Sankofa: Looking Back to Go Forward." An anthropologist by training, Dr. Cole will use the concept of sankofa during her speech. Sankofa is a symbol of the Ga-speaking people of Ghana, in West Africa. The word is tied to the idea that we need to know our past in order to move forward and understand who we are as a culture today.

The Kingsley Heritage Celebration recognizes the rich culture that evolved amongst slave communities despite the severe oppression of slavery and celebrates the determination and strength of those men, women, and children. These events also examine cultural aspects of modern American society that originated in the plantation period.

Kingsley Heritage Celebration events take place each Saturday in February 2009. The events are sponsored by the National Park Service, Florida Humanities Council, and the Florida Public Archaeology Network. All events and workshops are family-friendly, free, and open to the public.

Schedule:

Saturday, February 7, 2009
Drumming and storytelling performances; percussion, movement, and storytelling workshops - Xhabbo

Saturday, February 14, 2009
The Art of Song - The Roots of Gospel
Jacksonville-Area Gospel Choirs

Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sankofa: Looking Back to Go Forward - Dr. Johnnetta Cole
Musical Performance - Edward Waters College Choir

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Archaeology Day - Florida Public Archaeology Network and University of Florida Anthropology Department

Event Details:

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Presentation and workshops by Xhabbo (Howard Lewis)

Known as Xhabbo, Mr. Lewis’ presentation follows the tradition of the griot, whose role in African cultures was to preserve the history of the people through oral presentations. He will use this storytelling tradition to highlight stories of African American history and the history of Kingsley Plantation. He will also teach visitors how to do storytelling and perform percussion through a series of free workshops.

12:00 Drumming and storytelling performance
1:00 Percussion Workshop
1:30 Movement Workshop
2:00 Dramatic Storytelling Workshop
3:00 Performance for afternoon visitors
4:00 Percussion Workshop

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Jacksonville-Area Gospel Choirs

1:00 Minister Joshua Wiggins and the Living Truth Ministries Choir
2:00 Reverend Granville W. Reed III and the Mt. Olive AME Church Choir with the Mt. Olive AME Church Children’s Choir
3:00 Community Blessings Youth Choir of Jacksonville - fourteen youth from the Florence N. Davis Center transitional housing program singing songs of encouragement in six languages

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Keynote speaker Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole
Musical performance by Edward Waters College Choir

Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole, former President of Spelman and Bennett Colleges, and descendant of Anna and Zephaniah Kingsley, will present the keynote speech at the 11th Annual Kingsley Heritage Celebration. Scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m., the event also features a musical presentation by the Edward Waters College Choir, a historically Black college in Jacksonville, Florida.

Saturday, February 29, 2009

Archaeology Day with the Florida Public Archaeology Network and the University of Florida

Join archaeologists and park rangers for this family-friendly event to learn about archaeology at Kingsley Plantation! Hands-on activities help people of all ages learn about the artifacts discovered at the park and what they tell us about life at Kingsley Plantation. Archaeologists and will lead tours of the grounds throughout the afternoon.

12:00 to 4:00 Archaeology booth and hands-on activities
1:00 Review of current findings & tour by archaeologist
3:00 Guided walk by park staff

The goal of the Kingsley Heritage Celebration is to help the local community explore cultural traditions found in modern American society that originated during the plantation period.

Kingsley Plantation, the site of the Celebration, is a 60-acre unit of the 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Jacksonville, Florida, which is managed by the National Park Service. It is named for Zephaniah Kingsley, who – with his African wife Anna – owned and operated a 1,000-acre plantation there during the first half of the nineteenth century. Today, the public can visit the grounds, which include the oldest standing plantation house in Florida, the kitchen, barn, and waterfront. The still-standing remains of 23 slave cabins offer perhaps the most graphic evidence of slave living quarters and daily life experiences in the state.

Located off Heckscher Drive/A1A north of the St. Johns River ferry landing, Kingsley Plantation is open daily, at no charge, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 904.251.3537, or go to http://www.nps.gov/timu on the Internet.

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