Redcliffe Explores History of Slave Spirituals
Posted 2/17/2012 11:27:00 AM
Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site is excited to announce the next installment of the African-American Experience series. These educational programs are presented two to three times a year, and explore African-American culture, as it relates to Redcliffe Plantation.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, Redcliffe will feature a program exploring the different styles and history of slave spirituals. Music played an integral role in the lives of enslaved communities, and historical documentation at Redcliffe even mentions slaves singing while they worked in the fields. Slave spirituals still influence today’s music, especially gospel, and guests will have a first-hand opportunity to hear some of these spirituals sung live.
“We are really excited to invite visitors out to Redcliffe to discover this exciting musical history,” said Park Interpreter Elizabeth Laney, “especially since we have some incredible local talent performing at the event.”
The Midland Valley High School choir, directed by Vanessa Cox, will perform several traditional selections during the event. The event begins at 10a.m. near the historic slave cabins, and in the event of rain, will be moved indoors to the historic mansion.
Festivities will last about two hours and guests should wear closed-toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The cost is $8/Adults, $6.50/SC Seniors and $5/ages 6-16, cash preferred and checks not accepted.
Redcliffe offers themed African American Experience programs throughout the year, so to stay up-to-date on the latest information about these events, you can visit the site’s Programs & Events page. The next program will take place in November and will focus on the Emancipation Proclamation.
For more information about this event or the park, you can call 803-827-1473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.